Saturday, December 20, 2014

LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW GOVERNMENT REALLY WORKS

I like to review the on-line public offerings of information offered by our provincial government. You might be surprised with volume of stuff that is available, if you want to dig around.

My favorite haunts are: The Newfoundland and Labrador Gazette, Hansard, The Committees of the House, Registry of Companies, Completed Access to Information Requests and the search engine located on the government's home page.

As part of their continued commitment to openness and transparency, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador provides citizens of the province with access to information about completed requests made under the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act

They post a summary of the information requested and responded to since January 1, 2013 by core government departments and applies to access requests received by departments for general information and not personal information requested by individuals.

Responses are  published following a 72-hour period after the response is sent electronically to the applicant, or five days in the case where the records are mailed to the applicant. 

The posting of completed access requests includes the file number and summary of each request, the department responsible, a copy of the final response letter to the applicant with all personal information removed and a copy of the responsive records. Any personal information is removed as this is protected under section 30 of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act

While the government's commitment to openness and transparency is open to cynicism, these post provide folks with a great opportunity to be aware of the type of requests being made, what is held back and the types of information government holds.

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