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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Now THAT is a great idea!

VIRGINIA CITY CREATES FOI OFFICE: Acquiring information from city government could soon get easier for Suffolk residents.

The city plans to create an office that will handle requests for documents that are available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act.

Officials expect the office to open in March, and they hope it will make it easier for local residents to request and receive the records they're looking for.

A city employee who is trained in Freedom of Information guidelines will ensure that all requests get responses, and a city attorney will determine which documents don't have to be released.

The executive director of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council will train City Council on the Freedom of Information Act in March.

From the Daily Press

1 comment:

Joe Blumberg said...

That's good stuff, and I wonder whose idea it was. It sounds like these folks' intentions are good, but sometimes I find people using FOI/Sunshine law and knowledge to get around releasing information rather than to be more open.