Posted on Jun 17, 1998 in Formal Opinions

Opinion Letter No. 98-04
June 17, 1998
Monthly Outstanding Checks Reports

Monthly Outstanding Checks Reports (“Reports”) must be disclosed to the public, despite Department of Accounting and General Services’ (“DAGS”) claims that disclosure is premature, that disclosure would be a burden to the agency, and that disclosure would result in premature claims for the warrant amounts, placing unnecessary demands upon DAGS’ resources. There is no exception to disclosure under the UIPA based on claims that disclosure may be premature, or may be a burden on the agency, or may result in an increase in claims made upon the agency. While the UIPA does except from disclosure those records the disclosure of which would result in the frustration of a legitimate government function, the agency’s ability to carry out some legitimate government function must be truly impaired.

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