In today’s world, government security and technology protection is imperative to keeping information confidential. Agencies are seeing more records requests than ever before. Requests themselves contain hundreds, sometimes thousands of documents to sort through. Some departments only have one FOIA officer or records custodian to handle such a large task. With COVID-19 continuing, agencies are understaffed, overworked, and sometimes left with more than they can handle. That's why we've created the Risk Module to scan for sensitive information in public records.
Body-worn cameras used by law enforcement officials is still a new phenomenon. How has this usage become so prevalent, how does their real-time information benefit the community, and what drawbacks are there to outfitting our law enforcement agencies with cameras?
Multiple public records laws were passed in 2020 that will greatly change the landscape of FOIA access in the U.S. See our top picks for laws that will have the most impact and find out why they're important.
What does the current landscape of public records look like? Read to dive into the five main issues affecting public records request management right now.
Over $2 trillion dollars has been released in the 2020 CARES Act, but not all recipients have been given equal shares. In this post we breakdown how state and local governments have been allotted different totals and what they've been told they can (and cannot) spend the money on.
How much do you know about the CARES Act that was passed in March? Learn more about the different divisions of the Act, who those divisions apply to, and what that means for individual American citizens.
In this blog post we dig into how local and state governments have been maintaining transparency during the COVID-19 pandemic, what obstacles have they had to overcome, and what changes have been made to adapt to the "new-normal".
Have you ever seen an article like “Local police department asks for $50,000 to release incident reports” and wondered how that could possibly happen? Learn how fees are charged and why.
Current events surrounding law enforcement have been in the spotlight like never before. We're seeing a flurry of law reforms to increase the availability of police records to the public. Find examples of laws that have passed and read why they're important.
The Freedom of Information Act’s 54th birthday is coming up and we wanted to celebrate with the story of how it came to be. Read on to get the historical synopsis of why and how FOIA was written and passed into law.
State FOIA laws are always in-flux. Understand how the passing of Oregon’s Senate Bill 481 affects how the state's governments are required to respond to and manage public records requests.
California Police Departments are likely to experience a significant increase in records requests after January 1st because of the recently passed SB1421. If you've been considering getting a public records solution now is the time.
A getting started guide for the State of Washington's reporting requirements for HB1594, an update to the Public Records Act. In this post we’ll review the reporting requirements and how to help you meet them as easily and painlessly as possible. Read on to get started!
Whether you call it FOIA, Public Records, Open Records, Sunshine or any number of other names, a government's process of releasing information to the public should be easy, repeatable, and measurable.
NextRequest is the records request management platform helping governments to simplify their FOIA management.