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August 2, 1999

Mr. David L. Hay
Coordinator for Information
Dallas County Community College District
701 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75202-3299

OR99-2164

Dear Mr. Hay:

You have asked whether certain information is subject to required public disclosure under chapter 552 of the Government Code. Your request was assigned ID# 128030.

The Dallas County Community College District received a request for employment verification information concerning a certain employee. You have provided all of the information but contend that the employee's home address is excepted from disclosure pursuant to section 552.117 of the Government Code.

Section 552.117 of the Government Code excepts from required public disclosure the home addresses, telephone numbers, social security numbers, or information revealing whether a public employee has family members when the public employee requests that this information be kept confidential under section 552.024. Therefore, section 552.117 requires you to withhold this information of a current or former employee or official who requested that this information be kept confidential under section 552.024. See Open Records Decision Nos. 622 (1994), 455 (1987). You may not, however, withhold the information of a current or former employee who made the request for confidentiality under section 552.024 after this request for information was made. Whether a particular piece of information is public must be determined at the time the request for it is made. Open Records Decision No. 530 at 5 (1989). Here, the employee has requested that her home address be kept confidential. Accordingly, you must withhold the employee's home address under section 552.117.

We are resolving this matter with an informal letter ruling rather than with a published open records decision. This ruling is limited to the particular records at issue under the facts presented to us in this request and should not be relied upon as a previous determination regarding any other records. If you have questions about this ruling, please contact our office.

Sincerely,

Yen-Ha Le
Assistant Attorney General
Open Records Division

YHL/nc

Ref.: ID# 128030

cc: Ms. Natalie Williams
Edward T. Burke & Associates, P.C.
P.O. Box 440400
Houston, Texas 77244-0400


 

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