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John Cornyn

October 14, 1999

Mr. David Hay
Dallas County Community College District
R.L. Thorton, Jr. Building
701 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75202-3299


Dear Mr. Hay:

You ask whether certain information is subject to required public disclosure under chapter 552 of the Government Code. Your request was assigned ID# 129667.

The Dallas County Community College District (the "district") received a request for information regarding a former employee of the district. You claim that portions of the requested information are excepted from disclosure under section 552.117 of the Government Code. We assume that you have released the reminder of the requested information. We have considered the exception you claim and have reviewed the submitted information.

Section 552.117 excepts from disclosure the home addresses, telephone numbers, and social security numbers of current or former officials or employees of a governmental body who request that this information be kept confidential under section 552.024. The district may not, however, withhold this information for a current or former official or employee who made a request for confidentiality under section 552.024 after the request for this 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). You have submitted to this office information that demonstrates that the former district employee elected to keep her home address, telephone number, and social security number confidential prior to the date on which the district received the request for information. Thus, section 552.117 excepts the former employee's home address, telephone number, and social security number from disclosure, and the district must withhold this information on the former employee's behalf.

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.


Carla Gay Dickson
Assistant Attorney General
Open Records Division


Ref: ID# 129667

Encl. Submitted documents

cc: Mr. Douglas Long
3045 Park Lane, #1021
Dallas, Texas 75220-6511
(w/o enclosures)


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