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Under the Texas Public Information Act, I'd like to request an electronic listing of all current employees of The University of Texas Health Science Center of Houston.

Specifically, I'm seeking a spreadsheet, database or delimited text file(s) — not paper records or a PDF created from data — with the following fields for each employee: Name (split last, rest if possible), title, department, race, gender, hire date and gross annual salary. (If you cannot produce all of these fields, please let us know.)

In addition, please include any lookup tables that may be needed to interpret the data. For example, if departments are listed with codes linked to a separate table, we'll be happy to join the records ourselves, rather than require your staff to do so.

I want to stress that I'm not seeking any records that are prohibited from release either by statute or previous rulings by the Texas Attorney General or the courts. Please let me know if you feel any records in the fields I've requested are confidential, and I'll consider amending my request.

Also, please let me know if clarifying the request might speed the release of the data, reduce any programming time and, most important, avoid a referral to the Attorney General.

We're comfortable working with large data sets and can receive the records in a variety of formats (.dbf, .csv, .mdb, etc) and media (CD, DVD, ftp).

I seek this information in the public interest as a journalist, and not for a commercial purpose. Therefore, I'm requesting that you waive any fees, as allowed under the Act. If this is not possible, please provide a detailed list that breaks down each charge that equals the total amount.

I understand UT System addresses TPIA requests to UT entities, so I am including the UT System Public Information Coordinator on this email.

Thank you again for your time. Let me know if you have any questions.


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