Thursday, January 7, 2010

MAYOR DAVLIN LAUNCHES DATABASE TO EASE SEARCHES OF CITY RECORDS AND IMPROVE OPEN GOVERNMENT

Mayor Tim Davlin today announced the establishment of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) database that will centralize all requests and responses for public records from the City of Springfield on the city’s website, http://www.springfield.il.us/publicfoia/main.aspx.

“Since FOIA requests are themselves, public documents, the City has increased the transparency and accountability of City government by making these documents easily accessible to anyone with a computer,” Davlin said. “ More than 300 public record requests are processed by the City every year, which is in addition to other general inquiries from the public that take up staff time.”

“This database will also help reduce duplicate records requests and costs because we will post the results on the City’s website as well. This extra step will make it more convenient for the public to view requested information and download it from their own computer without delay and without incurring the fees the City Clerk would charge to print those documents.”

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