This week is “Sunshine Week,” a national celebration of access to public information, and the state Office of Information Practices (OIP) is contributing to greater government transparency and accountability by posting online two new reports summarizing the data provided by all state and county agencies on their UIPA Logs for FY 2016.
FY 2016 was the third year for most state agencies and the second year for county agencies to use the Log, and they are showing continuing improvement in data collection. OIP would like to thank all state and county agencies that have been using the Log and providing important information to our office, which shows how the UIPA has been working in Hawaii and provides empirical data that can help OIP in drafting new administrative rules.
While there are differences in the data reported by the state and counties, and among the four counties, the data overall shows that Hawaii’s government agencies are completing nearly all UIPA record requests within the ten-day deadline for responses, are granting approximately 80% of requests in full or in part and denying 4% in full, and are charging requesters nothing for the overwhelming majority of requests. Additional details can be found in OIP’s reports online.
For the latest open government news, you can check for archived copies of What’s New articles, which are posted at oip.hawaii.gov or can be e-mailed upon request by e-mailing [email protected]. Also, if you would like to receive What’s New articles or attachments in a different format, please e-mail or contact OIP at (808) 586-1400.