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After the Department of Administrative Services said the transgender flag never should have been allowed to fly over the Capitol, The Iowa Standard asked a few follow-up questions. Those questions, though, will likely remain unanswered.

After being told two employees failed to follow the process in place, we asked if DAS could go into detail about how the incident happened. We also asked what the punishment will be for those two employees.

The public information officer for DAS, Tami Wiencek, said DAS has no additional comment.

The Iowa Standard also filed an open records request with DAS seeking any public records that deal with the planning, approval and response to the flying of the transgender flag at the Iowa Capitol.

According to The Iowa Starting Line, there was a petition to fly the flag and a certificate of authenticity given for flying the flag. The Iowa Standard also requested those documents, and any additional documents that exist.

“DAS has no documents responsive to your request,” Wiencek said.

The Iowa Starting Line, though, reported that about a month ago Iowa Safe Schools “petitioned the Iowa Department of Administrative Services.” After flying for 3-5 minutes, Iowa Safe Schools said they received a certificate of authenticity.

Iowa Safe Schools have not returned messages seeking comment.

Author: Jacob Hall