A Guide to Get The Goods

Number 5864
Subject Public Records
Source Ellen Gabler
Affiliation The New York Times
Year 2019
Summary A tipsheet with practical advice on how to craft better public records requests and figure out what to do when officials say "No." It includes strategies for determining what to request, dealing with excuses and obstacles from government agencies, and shooting down stratospheric cost estimates and inevitable claims of exemption.
Tags public records; FOIA; Freedom of Information Act; sunshine laws; public records requests; government transparency
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