Leaked docs were opened when higher-ed board got them

October 15th, 2010 at 5:12 pm by under News and Politics

I’m on the run this Friday afternoon, but I just received a statement from Steve Maurano, spokesman for the R.I. Board of Governors for Higher Education, the state agency chaired by Judge Frank Caprio (Sr.) which is one of the possible sources for the leaked payroll documents that caused Chafee’s campaign manager to resign yesterday.

In short, the board of governors’ HR department did indeed receive at least some of the leaked documents on Jan. 19, 2010. But because of the outdated address information they contained, the documents came already opened after being forwarded by the first recipient, the R.I. Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. The board of governors has “no knowledge or information as to who may have had access to these documents prior to receipt at our office.”

“When we did receive the documents, it was immediately ascertained that this was personal information concerning a former [higher education] employee, and the documents were repackaged in a sealed envelope marked ‘confidential,’ ” the statement said in closing. “The envelope was then delivered to our Human Resources Department the same day (January 19, 2010).”

So the board of governors did receive some of these leaked documents and filed them in the correct place, the HR department. But not before they had already been opened by workers in a different state agency.

Curiouser and curiouser. Full statement after the jump.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Statement of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education

Re: Documents Relating to Former Chafee Campaign manager JR Pagliarini

The Rhode Island of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) and the Office of Higher Education (OHE) first learned of the issue concerning documents containing personal information on former OHE employee JR Pagliarini yesterday afternoon when we were contacted by a reporter and asked for a comment or reaction to his resignation from the Chafee gubernatorial campaign.   Multiple reporters then sent us copies of the documents that were alleged to have been leaked.

We immediately noticed that the documents were addressed to the “Board of Regents” at an address of 301 Promenade St., Providence, RI 02908.  The first of the documents had a mail date of November 16, 2009.  301 Promenade St. was a former address of the RIBGHE.  The RIBGHE and OHE moved from that office to a building in the Pastore complex in Cranston (The Hazard Building at 74 West Rd.) in late May 2008.  The RIBGHE and OHE moved again, to the former Shepard Building at 80 Washington St. in Providence, in June 2009.

We are still looking into this matter but we have found that at least some of the documents alleged to have been leaked to the media were received by the Rhode Island Department of Elementary & Secondary Education in November 2009 (RIDE is overseen by the Board of Regents) and were not provided to OHE from RIDE until January 19, 2010.

Because the documents provided to us were first sent to an incorrect address, were received by another entity and were eventually provided to OHE in an opened envelope, we have no knowledge or information as to who may have had access to these documents prior to receipt at our office.

When we did receive the documents, it was immediately ascertained that this was personal information concerning a former OHE employee, and the documents were repackaged in a sealed envelope marked “confidential.”  The envelope was then delivered to our Human Resources Department the same day (January 19, 2010).

One Response to “Leaked docs were opened when higher-ed board got them”

  1. John says:

    RI corrupt politics as usual. What’s new??