What’s New

The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) congratulates all newly elected and reelected members of Hawaii’s Legislature, county Councils, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)! This also seems to be an appropriate time to point out that UIPA and Sunshine Law training is available on OIP’s website, along with an archive of past What’s ...
Read More SUNSHINE LAW POINTERS FOR NEWLY ELECTED PUBLIC OFFICIALS

Once again, the State Office of Information Practices (OIP) thanks everyone who provided comments on its proposal to amend the Sunshine Law to allow boards to conduct what have been popularly referred to as “virtual” meetings, which our latest proposal now refers to as “remote” meetings.  OIP has received many good comments, and a third ...
Read More OIP POSTS THIRD DRAFT OF SUNSHINE LAW PROPOSAL

Congratulations to the State Office of Information Practices’ Administrative Assistant, Zoe Abrams, on her marriage!  This joyful news about Zoe, however, means that she has moved to the mainland and has had to leave OIP.  We miss her a lot! Unfortunately, with the State’s hiring freeze and anticipated budget cuts and furloughs, OIP is uncertain ...
Read More GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS (NOT ELECTION NEWS)

The State Office of Information Practices (OIP) thanks everyone who provided comments on potential virtual meeting legislation and has now posted its latest draft and the justification sheet summarizing the proposal on the Legislation page at oip.hawaii.gov. Please keep in mind that this proposal is intended to be a permanent change to the Sunshine Law ...
Read More OIP’S LATEST DRAFT OF VIRTUAL MEETING LEGISLATION

COMBAT MISINFORMATION

Posted on Oct 14, 2020 in Featured, What's New

With so much misinformation, as well as deliberate disinformation campaigns by foreign agents and special interest groups, in our world today, the state Office of Information Practices urges all government agencies to do what they can to combat falsehoods and be the source of truth in government.  One way to easily do this is by ...
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Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA), Chapter 92F, HRS, was amended to require the disclosure of police officers’ suspension information to be treated the same as for other government employees.  Act 47 was signed into law by Governor David Ige on September 15, 2020, and enacts HB 285, HD 1, SD 1, CD 1. Among ...
Read More BILL ENACTED TO TREAT POLICE OFFICERS’ DISCIPLINARY RECORDS THE SAME AS OTHER GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES’ RECORDS

The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) is pleased to announce that it has posted the entire four-volume set of the Report of the Governor’s Committee on Public Records and Privacy (December 1987) on its new Legislation page.  This Report was the basis for the adoption of Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA), Chapter 92F, ...
Read More ENTIRE GOVERNOR’S REPORT POSTED

The state Office of Information Practices posted its first three opinions of FY 2021 on its Opinions page, along with the first of four volumes of the Report of the Governor’s Committee on Public Records and Privacy on its Legislation page at oip.hawaii.gov. In formal opinion F21-01, OIP found that the requested closing agreements  are ...
Read More OIP POSTS THREE NEW OPINIONS AND THE GOVERNOR’S REPORT

With so many key libraries and the State Archives temporarily or intermittently closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Office of Information Practices has made it easier for people to research the legislative history behind the UIPA and Sunshine Law and their amendments.  On its new Legislation page, OIP has made readily available online the ...
Read More OIP POSTS LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

The state Office of Information Practices (OIP) has posted on its Training page at oip.hawaii.gov a new Quick Review: Agency Disclosure Obligations During Pandemic to help agencies and the public understand the disclosure requirements under Hawaii’s public records law, particularly with respect to medical information. OIP also reminds interested persons to submit their comments on the draft ...
Read More QUICK REVIEW ON UIPA REQUIREMENTS DURING COVID-19 EMERGENCY

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