Tuesday, March 1, 2011

TIP FOR THE DAY: How Do You Request for Public Records?

Do you know that you can request for public records (yes, even from SFMTA) using the California Public Records Act and San Francisco's Sunshine Ordinance?

Do you know that agencies have 10 days to respond to requests, AND may also invoke their right to a 14-day extension?

How can you minimize that delay and get your records sooner? Request records by making sure you add the words "24-HOUR IMMEDIATE DISCLOSURE REQUEST" in your subject line!

See: http://www.sfbos.org/index.aspx?page=5561
"The City has ten days to respond to a public records request. If you request records that are voluminous, in off-site storage or several different offices have the records, the time to respond to the request can be extended by 14 days. Citizens may also make an "Immediate Disclosure Request." Departments must respond to Immediate Disclosure requests within 24 hours after receipt of the request. However, departments can, in appropriate cases, extend the time to respond by 14 days."

HERE'S AN EXAMPLE YOU CAN FOLLOW WHEN REQUESTING DOCUMENTS FROM SFMTA.
(SFMTA'S EMAIL ADDRESS IS sfmtasunshinerequests@sfmta.com)

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