In our many years of working with local government agencies, one thing has become clear to us: clerks, records managers, and others genuinely want to provide transparency to the public. And timely, accurate fulfillment of public records requests is an integral part of that desire.
But cities and counties often take a decentralized approach to FOIA, where each department has a separate process for request intake and fulfillment. One department may have an online system for requests, but others still require requesters to fill out a paper form.
This allows each department to follow the processes that they’ve found over time work best for them, but can create a confusing experience for requesters who might be less familiar with their government’s inner workings.
Let’s explore the pros and cons of a centralized model for public records requests.
A configurable technology with seamless user experience provides flexibility to honor each department‘s workflow.
Reporting and Oversight
The right technology partner provides live implementation and ongoing training and support. At JustFOIA, our clients get a live, helpful, and friendly person from 8 am to 8 pm EST. We are your partner in driving adoption with monthly live training, quarterly product updates, and an immense library of on-demand content.
Security and Permissions
Our team is committed to maintaining a secure platform by providing rigorous threat monitoring, next-gen firewall protection, and industry certifications like CJIS Compliance Readiness and SOC2. JustFOIA is on the same cloud platform that the Department of Defense and other government agencies trust – Microsoft Azure Government Cloud. Robust permissions make role-based and granular permission controls a snap.
Benefits for All
In closing, no one-sized model will work for every agency. But a systemized approach powered by easy-to-use technology will drive benefits for all:
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