October 18, 2021

State of West Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Database Now Accessible Online

From the West Virginia Sec. of State:

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant announced today that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) database is now available for use by public entities.

As of January 1st, all governmental entities subject to the Freedom of Information Act will be required to submit FOIA requests using the new database.

“Most West Virginians may not deal with these public records requests on a daily basis, but they should know that this database, at its core, is a fixture for transparency in government,” Secretary Tennant said. “Specific FOIA request information will be available to anyone. This platform is another extension of the transparency that our office has worked to provide over the last seven years.”

Those publicly-funded agencies using the database include: state agencies; county governments; city governments; governing boards and commissions; schools boards and departments; and, any public body created or primarily supported by public funds. These agencies will be required to report the following: date the FOIA request was received; name of the person or entity making the request; subject of the request; whether the request was granted or denied and the reason for any denial; date of final completion of the request; and the amount of any charges to the person or entity making the request.

Direct to WV FOIA Database + FAQ + Tutorial

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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