Public Access Opinion 14-011

Freedom of Information Act: responding to requests

Freedom of Information Act - FOIA
Case: Public Access Opinion 14-011
Date: Monday, September 29, 2014

“It has been more than a month since I filed the FOIA request shown below.”

These were the words of two reporters who filed several FOIA requests to a public body that went unanswered. While the public body continued to indicate it would provide an answer to the requesters and the Public Access Counselor, it did not do so nor did it properly extend its time to respond. The public body was directed to “take immediate and appropriate action to comply with this opinion by providing records responsive to [the FOIA requests].”

See PAOs 14-007 and 14-010 for the rules public bodies must follow when responding to FOIA requests.

This opinion is binding only to the parties involved and may be appealed pursuant to State law.