INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC DISCLOSURE RESPONSE. Paula Adams, King County Public Disclosure Officer. SPIRIT OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS ACT. Passed by initiative in 1972 Mandate for open government designed to provide citizens with broad rights of access to public records (RCW 42.56.010).
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INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC DISCLOSURE RESPONSE
King County Public Disclosure Officer
- “public records request”
- “Freedom of information Act (FOIA)”
- “formal records request”
Any writing containing information relating to the conduct of government or the performance of any governmental or proprietary function prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency…
- personnel actions or issues
- health information, even if it is well-intended
- rude, unprofessional, or flippant criticisms
name will probably be there too!
COMMON EXEMPTIONS OBSERVED
Healthcare information is exempt from public disclosure.
- would be highly offensive to a reasonable person; AND
-is not of legitimate concern to the public.
AVOIDING COMMON MISTAKES
#2: STAFF SHOULD NOT WITHHOLD A DOCUMENT BECAUSE THEY ASSUME OR KNOW THAT ANOTHER STAFF PERSON WILL PRODUCE THE SAME DOCUMENT.
#3: STAFF SHOULD NOT WITHHOLD A DOCUMENT FROM THE PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OFFICER BECAUSE THEY KNOW OR ASSUME THAT IT CAN BE LEGALLY WITHHELD.
#4: IF YOU RECEIVE A PUBLIC DISCLOSURE REQUEST FOR PERSONNEL RECORDS OR THE RESULTS OF A PERSONNEL INVESTIGATION, CONTACT YOUR DEPUTY PROSECUTOR BEFORE RESPONDING.