What’s New

The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) today issued S MEMO 17-3 regarding private discussions by councilmembers regarding their selection of officers.  Following a newspaper report about changes in the Council’s leadership after the 2016 election, an anonymous member of the public (Requester) had asked for an investigation into whether members of the Honolulu City ...
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The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) responded to a report published yesterday by the Civil Beat Law Center entitled, “Breaking Down Hawaii’s Broken System for Resolving Public Access Disputes.”  Based on its inaccurate assumptions and metrics that excluded a number of relevant factors, the Civil Beat Law Center’s Report concludes that “OIP’s backlog is trending ...
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The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) would like to thank and recognize the City and County of Honolulu’s Clerk’s Office for being the first agency to submit its Checklist and UIPA Record Request Log for the semiannual period covering requests received from July 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.  As a reminder to the ...
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SEMIANNUAL UIPA LOG DUE

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 in Featured, What's New

HAPPY NEW YEAR, from the state Office of Information Practices (OIP)! Actually, government agencies are already halfway through fiscal year 2017 and it is time for all state and county government agencies to save a copy of their UIPA Record Request Log data for the semiannual period for record requests received from July 1, 2016 ...
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OIP’S 2016 ANNUAL REPORT

Posted on Dec 28, 2016 in Featured, What's New

The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) is pleased to announce that its Annual Report for FY 2016 has been posted to the Reports page of its website at oip.hawaii.gov. As this will be the last What’s New for 2016, OIP’s team would like to wish everyone Hau’oli Makahiki Hou!  See you next year!

OIP’S NEWEST OPINIONS

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 in Featured, What's New

The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) issued six new opinions in the first half of FY 2017, including two formal opinions.  The entire text of the formal opinions and the summaries of all opinions are posted on OIP’s opinions page at oip.hawaii.gov and are briefly described as follows. F17-01:  Requester, who was the prior Plan ...
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  The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) is providing these comments regarding the only proposed amendment concerning public records, which will be on this year’s general election ballot as the City and County of Honolulu’s proposed Charter Amendment #20 and states in relevant part:         Should the Charter be amended for ...
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The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) has posted on its website a brief summary of the Hawaii Supreme Court’s June 2016 decision regarding disclosure of police suspension records under the Uniform Information Practices Act (Modified), chapter 92F, Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) (UIPA).  In Peer News LLC v. City and County of Honolulu, 138 Haw. 53, ...
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HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY, FOIA!

Posted on Jul 29, 2016 in Featured, What's New

This month marks the 50th birthday of the enactment of the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which gives people the right to access records from the federal government.  Hawaii has a similar law, the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA), which was enacted in 1988 to give people the right to access records from the ...
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The State Office of Information Practices (OIP) recently issued three new formal opinions, which are summarized below.  The full texts of all formal opinions are posted on the Opinions page at oip.hawaii.gov. In OIP Op. Ltr. No. F16-03, OIP recognized the general requirement that agencies conduct a reasonable search for responsive records when receiving requests, ...
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