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Department of Accounts - Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

The Rights of Requesters and the Responsibilities of the Department of Accounts under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act

Rights Responsibilities

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located at § 2.2-3700 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.

A public record is any writing or recording - regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format - that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.

The policy of FOIA states that the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.

Your FOIA Rights

Making a Request for Records from the Department of Accounts

To request records from the Department of Accounts, you may direct your request to Doug Page. He can be reached by email at doug.page@doa.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-3136. You may also contact him with questions you have concerning requesting records from the Department of Accounts. In addition, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions you may have about FOIA. The Council may be contacted by e-mail at foiacouncil@leg.state.va.us, or by phone at (804) 225-3056 or [toll free] 1-866-448-4100.

The Department of Account’s Responsibilities in Responding to Your Request

Costs

Commonly Used Exemptions

The Code of Virginia allows any public body to withhold certain records from public disclosure. The Department of Accounts commonly withholds records subject to the following exemptions: