Richmond School Board offers a special lesson in how the Virginia Freedom of Information Act is not supposed to work.
The Virginia Department of Corrections came under national scrutiny in September when visitors learned they would not be allowed to wear tampons or menstrual cups, citing them as an apparent contraband risk. A FOIA request for a more thorough explanation of the tampon ban - through policy documents and a log of contraband incidents alluded to in the Times - revealed a two-month wait of rejection, denial and, finally, the single-page document behind the ban.
Each week, we host a conversation that addresses topics and answer any general questions important to FOIA users. Last week’s topic was about where and how to find inspiration for filing creative public records requests.
Three state-level agencies in New Jersey have now refused to disclose their logs of public records requests received in 2013. MuckRock is continuing to press for release of these routine records.
The government agency tasked with maintaining the database of the millions of men eligible for the military draft can’t access the logs of its few dozen FOIA requests.