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Public Records Requests: time for legal to make up with IT

Yannick Duport
Yannick Duport | December 7, 2018
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Nobody wants to make mistakes, and nobody wants to go to court. It happens, of course, and in 2017, the federal bill for litigation regarding Public Records Requests came to $40 million. This $40 million does not factor in the cost of business disruption, and the reputational damage of what are…

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US Government research on using technology to improve FOIA responses

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | December 1, 2018
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There’s been a concerted effort in recent years to improve the processes federal government agencies use to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) records requests. Government agencies such as the National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) and the Department of Justice have researched…

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Respond to FOIA requests quickly and accurately

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | November 23, 2018
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Journalists, government watchdog organizations, and ordinary citizens are armed with a powerful tool to shed light on U.S. government activities: Freedom of Information laws. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and similar open records or “sunshine” laws in all 50 states require government…

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eDiscovery Technology for Greater Government Transparency 

Yannick Duport
Yannick Duport | November 17, 2018
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eDiscovery technologies are proving to be powerful tools for improving internal records management and retrieval processes that serve to increase transparency into U.S. state and federal government agencies. And without a doubt, they’ve arrived not a moment too late.  

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IMLA 2018 - For Most Local Governments Public Disclosures are Labor Intense and Manual

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | October 23, 2018
IMLA 2018

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 83rd Annual International Municipal Lawyers Association Conference in Houston, Texas.  It was a great opportunity for me to step away from my everyday activities to learn from and network with some of the nation’s best local government attorneys.

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Responding to public records requests: assess your current effectiveness

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | July 17, 2018

Are you struggling to meet the ever-increasing demands of public records requests?  Not sure, where your agency stands when compared to “best in class” processes when it comes to public disclosures?  Answer these five questions and find out now!

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How public bodies in Ireland respond more effectively!

Annelore van der Lint
Annelore van der Lint | June 19, 2018
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In March, The Irish Times reported that public bodies and government departments in Ireland show an “unacceptably high level of failure” to respond in time to the growing number of requests for information made since the Irish Freedom of Information Act was introduced in 2014.

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Bigger gets better: tech vastly improves how large cities respond to public records requests

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | May 28, 2018
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Fully integrating eDiscovery technology into public records disclosure processes gives public officials the tools to cut disclosure response times up to one-third while vastly improving the ease and accuracy in finding responsive records.

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When it comes to a Public Records Request, technology is no longer optional

Annelore van der Lint
Annelore van der Lint | May 9, 2018

Responding to a disclosure request is time consuming and under the duress of trying to meet the strict deadlines, it opens the agency to mistakes and risks of accidental disclosure.  Most agencies receive thousands of requests each year.  A single disclosure can involve hundreds, if not thousands…

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