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Date 8-15-2018

Request statistical data with supporting documents and any email or letter communications identifying homeowners with the following SBA cancellation codes.

  • C10. Failure to complete and return all loan closing documents.
  • C11. Failure to satisfy all terms and conditions of the loan.
  • C12. Adverse change. - IHP referral.
  • C13. Adverse change. - Other.
  • C14 Subsequent recoveries exceed verified loss.
  • C15. RESERVED
  • C16. Other reasons. – (Agency Decision)

FAQ No. 25    

Date: 1-4-2019 Updated: 1-4-2019 Subject:

Date 8-28-2018
Request documents related to the following topic.
Task force members often reference their "Districts". I understand the different areas of expertise, roads and bridges, commerce, schools etc, but geographical districts was not mentioned in the Executive Order JBE-2016-65.
  1. Is the task force divided into segments and each member responsible for a specific geographical area as well?

>>> Response by State of Louisiana OCD-DRU DOA <<<

This is to acknowledge your e-mail submission of August 28, 2018, below. Please note that that the Louisiana Public Record Law allows for requests of existing documents and not generally for submission of questions, discussions, requests for research, or creation of documents. Also, it is important to state as succinctly as possible the documents which you are requesting to avoid ambiguity or confusion. Your e-mail below is being interpreted as a request for documents relating to whether the Louisiana Restore Task Force is divided into segments and each member responsible for a specific geographical area as well.

There are no documents responsive to your request.

FAQ No. 26    

Date: 1-4-2019 Updated: 1-4-2019 Subject:

Date 8-28-2018

Request the following information.
Guidance, law or policy related to allowing a common citizen to be added to the Louisiana Restore Task Force Meeting agenda.
If a person has a solution and typical congressional channels fail how can a solution reach the task force agenda?

I have read the Executive order regarding the task force must create a mechanism to allow for public input. I have emailed and called task force members with no success to how I can be added to the agenda.

Here is the reference in the Executive order.
I need to find the actual "Mechanism" to which this passage references.
Executive Order JBE-2016-65
  • Section 2: The duties of the Task Force include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • A. The Task Force shall establish both short and long-term priorities in developing plans for recovery and redevelopment. Such priorities and plans shall draw upon traditional state resources and programs and create special programs dedicated to responding to the aftermath of the flooding. Such priorities and plans shall include timelines and benchmark goals. There must be a mechanism for public input and the opportunity to modify priorities and plans based on such input. These priorities and plans shall focus on the following areas: (1) housing and redevelopment; (2) economic and workforce development; (3) education; (4) infrastructure and transportation; (5) healthcare; (6) fixcal stability; (7) family services; and (8) agriculture.
>>> Response State of Louisiana OCD-DRU DOA <<<
Date: 8-30-2018

This is to acknowledge your e-mail submission of August 28, 2018, below. Please note that that the Louisiana Public Record Law allows for requests of existing documents and not generally for submission of questions, discussions, requests for research, or creation of documents. Also, it is important to state as succinctly as possible the documents which you are requesting to avoid ambiguity or confusion. Your e-mail below is being interpreted as how you can be “added to the agenda” of Restore Task Force meetings.

With respect to your inquiry below, each agenda posted for Restore Task Force meetings includes an agenda item for public comment period. Those agendas may be found among the documents located on the following website: http://restore.la.gov/resources/ .

FAQ No. 27    

Date: 1-4-2019 Updated: 1-4-2019 Subject:

Date 8-29-2018

Request documents related to the following topic.

On Aug. 16, 2018 Mr. Marvin McGraw released a media release that mentioned a letter that was sent to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) asking for further clarification and guidance to the new language passed in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.
The formal common name is: "Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018"
The House Bill is: H.R. 1892
The Public Law is: 115-123

I have searched the OCD-DRU media releases and do not find any letter or email made public regarding what was stated in the press release.

CONTACT Marvin McGraw marvin.mcgraw@la.gov

"The program continues to closely track all legislation related to a potential change in how SBA loans are considered a DOB and awaits further clarification and guidance from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to understand how new language passed in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 in February, or more recent legislation, may affect the program."
Press Release: https://www.doa.la.gov/

OCDDRU/NewsItems/Restore Louisiana Announces Deadline for Completing Program Application.pdf

>>> Response by State of Louisiana DOA OCD-DRU <<<
Date 8-30-2018

This is to acknowledge your e-mail submission of August 29, 2018, below. Please note that that the Louisiana Public Record Law allows for requests of existing documents and not generally for submission of questions, discussions, requests for research, or creation of documents. Also, it is important to state as succinctly as possible the documents which you are requesting to avoid ambiguity or confusion. If your submission contains any questions, comments, assertions, or characterizations, this communication is not to be deemed a response or concurrence with same. Your e-mail below is being interpreted as a request a letter mentioned in a press release dated August 16, 2018.

A review of the press release referenced by you below indicates that there was no mention of a letter, so as drafted there is no document responsive to your request.

However, you can find a letter dated April 3, 2018 from Governor Edwards to Secretary Carson at the following link on the Restore Louisiana Task Force website: http://d2se92fabdh4cm.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/13080533/18-04-03-Gov.-Edwards-DOB-Letter-to-HUD.pdf which discusses the impact of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

>>> NOTE: a similar email was sent to Mr. Marvin McGraw with no response. <<<

FAQ No. 28    

Date: 1-4-2019 Updated: 1-4-2019 Subject:

Date 8-30-2018

Freedom of Information Request: Request policy documents from the OCD-DRU related to reconstruction of homes ONLY by licensed contractors and to exclude the state law that allows the homeowner to be their own contractor under the State Contractors License Exemption law.

We have been told by the OCD-DRU that we can not self contract work on our own homes. But Mr. Hassert of the state licensing board claims we can self manage and self contract our own home builds.

I am looking for documents that specifically state a home owner can not be a homeowner contractor for their home reconstruction. I have asked the OCD-DRU IEM Inc employee to provide this information and they refer me to a brochure with a checklist.

I hope you can help with the retrieval of any document that discriminates against homeowners that wish to manage their reconstruction projects

>>> Response by State of Louisiana DOA OCD-DRU <<<
Date 8-30-2018

This is to acknowledge your e-mail submission of August 30, 2018, below. Please note that that the Louisiana Public Record Law allows for requests of existing documents and not generally for submission of questions, discussions, requests for research, or creation of documents. Also, it is important to state as succinctly as possible the documents which you are requesting to avoid ambiguity or confusion. If your submission contains any questions, comments, assertions, or characterizations, this communication is not to be deemed a response or concurrence with same. Your e-mail below is being interpreted as a request for policy documents in the Restore Louisiana homeowner assistance program regarding requirements that Solution 2 grant recipients utilize licensed contractors for reconstruction. The following language is contained in the Restore Louisiana program manual, Iocated on the following website Restore Louisiana program manual website link :

FAQ No. 29    

Date: 1-4-2019 Updated: 1-4-2019 Subject:

Date 9-4-2018

Request a copy of the OCD-DRU (Restore) contractors contract with the following company: DYNAMIC CONSTRUCTION GROUP, LLC or DYNAMIC CONSTRUCTION GROUP, INC. as registered in the Secretory of States website and the State Licensing board of Contractors.

The contract directly between the state and this contractor or the contractor that has hired as a sub-contractor this contractor.

Company I am researching:
RESIDENTIAL BUILDING CONTRACTOR

Company name: DYNAMIC CONSTRUCTION GROUP, LLC State SOS filing 1/4/2017 ID 42504789K
Address: 9618 JEFFERSON HWY, SUITE D-158 / BATON ROUGE, LA 70809
>>> Response by State of Louisiana DOA OCD-DRU <<<
Date 9-10-2018.

This is to acknowledge your e-mail submission of September 4, 2018, below. It is important to state as succinctly as possible the documents which you are requesting to avoid ambiguity or confusion. Your request is being interpreted as a request for either a contract between OCD-DRU and DYNAMIC CONSTRUCTION GROUP, LLC or DYNAMIC CONSTRUCTION GROUP, INC., or, if either of those Dynamic Construction Group entities is a subcontractor to the OCD-DRU's prime contractor, a copy of OCD-DRU's contract with that prime contractor.

OCD-DRU does not have a contract as requested with either Dynamic Group entity, so there is no document responsive to that request. OCD-DRU does have the attached contract with Innovative Emergency Management, Inc., which in turn has a contract with Dynamic Construction Group, LLC.

Attached document link "IEM contract for Restore Louisiana" download.

FAQ No. 30    

Date: 1-4-2019 Updated: 1-4-2019 Subject:

Date 10-18-2018

Request email communications between any and all persons communicating to, or by email CC, or referencing in office activity about a person by the name of Matthew Taylor Price employed by the states contractor IEM Inc or one of it's sub-contractors or a temporary agency to conduct Construction Technical Advisor duties for the Restore Louisiana Homeowners Program.

The time period: Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 and Wednesday Sept. 26, 2018.
And and all of the following persons communicating to or about Matthew Taylor Price on the days requested.
  1. Matthew Taylor Price @restore-la.org or @iem.com
  2. Jason Clary @restore-la.org or @iem.com
  3. Paul Roberts @restore-la.org or @iem.com
  4. Nick Speyrer @restore-la.org or @iem.com
  5. Ted Lemcke @restore-la.org or @iem.com
  6. Jon Mabry @restore-la.org or @iem.com
... NOTES: >>>
We have include additional names as reports pointed to a 16 member internally staffed by IEM group that identified and used homeowner information collected outside the states network from a private Facebook Group called Restore LA Program Info Exchange.
I formal complaint was registered with the state of Louisiana OCD-DRU office naming Director Patrick Forbes. OCD-DRU legal to include one contractor told 3 homeowners they found no wrong doing by the persons in question. Full data requests have not been completed by the state which leads homeowners to believe the state is refusing to release additional emails from this internal group hired by IEM.

FAQ No. 31    

Date: 1-4-2019 Updated: 1-7-2019 Subject:

Date 10-18-2018

Request a copy of and location of the public announcement that the Department of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit published a open job position of Chief operations officer (COO) working directly under the Executive Director of the OCD-DRU.

((( NOTE: This position was created for and filled by Jeff Haley according to an email sent by the state of Louisiana DOA. It was also pointed out that because this position was created by Governor Edwards and filled by who he appointed no notice of a open post was required to be made public according to Louisiana Law.)))

FAQ No. 32    

Date: 1-4-2019 Updated: 1-4-2019 Subject:

Date 10-18-2018

Request the Restore Louisiana Homeowners Solution 1 Reconstruction Floor Plans price list.
If no standard price list is available then I would like to request a copy of payments to the following sub-contractors for any of the following reconstruction floor plans.
(Floor plan PDFs http://restore.la.gov/homeowner-assistance-program/reconstruction/)

Invoices TO IEM Inc. FROM CORE Construction , Roy Anderson Corp., Dynamic Construction Group, Design & Build Consultants, TKTMJ Inc. for the following named reconstruction floor plans.

The Daisy - 856 sq ft

The Rose - 1074 sq ft
The Cypress - 1260 sq ft
The Lilly - 1260 sq ft
The Brookmont - 1421 sq ft
The Dogwood - 1500 sq ft
The Pelican - 1680 sq ft
The Willow - 1702 sq ft
The Magnolia - 2100 sq ft
The Live Oak - 2102 sq ft

FAQ No. 33    

Date: 1-4-2019 Updated: 1-4-2019 Subject:

Date Nov. 2, 2018

Request any changes to the Homeowners Manual that is not published in the version accessible from online.
The current version is 4.1 and was published Oct. 12 2018.
Any minor documented changes to the homeowners manual is what I seek.

FAQ No. 34    

Date: 1-4-2019 Updated: 1-4-2019 Subject:

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