First, these are all open records requests this calendar year, ending with (obviously) my request for these records. There were 296 request so far this year. That's a lot of requests. The winner, yet again, are those pesky sports reporters. Out of 296 total requests, 127 (42.9 percent) involved athletics. Here are the Top 5 in terms of where the requests were funneled.
- Athletics (127)
- Procurement (22)
- Legal affairs (19)
- CAES (18)
- Registrar (17)
Notice the huge drop from #1 to #2, and after #5 we hit the single digits. By the way, The R&B is high on the list as well. Now let's look at the top folks keeping our open records people busy (a good thing, in my book, as I teach a class in finding and using public documents). As you'd expect, sports dominates the list, usually requests for coaches contracts, stuff like that.
- Marc Weiszer (29 requests, sports)
- Seth Emerson (18 requests, sports)
- Jason Butt (15 requests, sports)
- Anthondy Dasher (6 requests, sports)
- North American Procurement Council (6 requests, no idea).
OK, that last one. What the hell, right? It's a real thing, has a web page and all. What kind of stuff are they asking for? A copy of "plan-holders for the Chillder replacement at Terrell Hall at UGA" and a copy of "the list of plan-holders of the Blueberry Reserach Building at UGA" and stuff like that. No, I don't have a clue, but ever request asks for the "plan holders" and I don't even know what that means.
And there are odd requests, sometimes good enough to be a story, but most not, like a list of all pecan growers in Georgia.