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Public Records Requests for 2021
This dashboard highlights key metrics for public records requests received by IDL during the prior year.

Unlike the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Idaho’s own Public Records Act makes it very easy for citizens to request copies government records. Our state law requires government agencies at all levels in Idaho to respond to requests quickly.  The law also assumes that all public records, unless expressly exempted by law, are disclosable.  The Office of the Attorney General publishes an informative guide to help citizens request public information. 

Days Needed to Close Public Records Requests in 2021

Under the law public agencies have three working days from the date of the receipt of the request to grant or deny the information. However, public agencies should not delay three days to provide information that is readily available.

Employees of the public agency are allowed to determine that a longer period of time is needed to locate or retrieve information, notify the individual in writing that more time is needed, and then grant or deny the request in whole or in part within ten working days following the request. 

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% of Requests Closed within 3 Days of Submission
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Average Time in Days to Close a Request

Fees Collected for Processing Records Requests in 2021

Although Idaho Code allows agencies to establish a fee to recover labor costs for voluminous or complex requests, or requests that involve locating archival information, IDL is able to full most public records requests at no cost. 

Idaho Code does allows state agencies to establish a copying fee schedule, which “may not exceed the actual cost to the agency of copying the record…”. For information provided in electronic form, the law permits charging for the “direct cost of copying the information in that form.”

If it is determined that fulfilling the request will result in a fee for labor and/or copies, the 10 business days count will stop on the date the requester is notified of a fee due. All work to fulfill the request stops until the fee is paid. The requester has 30 calendar days to make payment. When the fee is paid, the 10 business days count will resume.

IDL does not charge a fee for the first 100 pages of records or for the first 2 hours of research/labor time when processing public records requests.  Fees are also not changed unless the total billable amount exceeds $40.00

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Total $ Amount of Processing Fees Collected
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Average $ Amount of Processing Fees Collected

Staff Time Required to Process Requests in 2021

A request for records must be granted or denied within three days after receipt. If the custodian determines that a request cannot be granted within three days after receipt, IDL will acknowledge receipt of the request in writing and advise the requester that up to 10 business days may be necessary to retrieve the records. The request must be granted or denied in whole, or in part, within 10 business days. 

If a state agency does not respond to a request within 10 business days following the request, the request is deemed to be denied per Idaho Code.

Public Records Requested by Subject in 2021

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% of Requests Were About Encroachment Permits
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% of Requests Were About Land Exchanges

Total Hours to Process Public Records Requests by Subject in 2021

Processing requests for information about land exchanges in 2021 was time consuming. Nearly 20% of the time logged to process all public records requests was attributed to Land Exchanges, but only 6% of the total number of requests pertained to this subject.  For comparison, Encroachment Permits accounted for more than 58% of the total request volume, but required only 26% of the total hours of processing time.

Public Records Requests Redacted or Denied in 2021

A request for records must be granted or denied within three days after receipt. If the custodian determines that a request cannot be granted within three days after receipt, IDL will acknowledge receipt of the request in writing and advise the requester that up to 10 business days may be necessary to retrieve the records. The request must be granted or denied in whole, or in part, within 10 business days. 

If a state agency does not respond to a request within 10 business days following the request, the request is deemed to be denied per Idaho Code.

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% of Requests Fulfilled without Redaction
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% of Requests Partially Denied or with Minor Redactions

Individuals Submitting the Most Public Records Requests in 2021

Requestor NameTotal Requests
Kelli Williams 67
Kari Burg 29
Bruce Smith 22
Leanne Oliveira 21
Bill Fanning 20
Denise Riggs 17
Jonathan Oppenheimer 15
Bailey Powell 13
Cindy Richardson 13
Connie Nelson 10
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% of Requests Submitted by Top 10 Requestors

Unique Public Records Requests with Longest Processing Times in 2021

Requestor NameTime to Process
David Arkoosh64.5 hours
Blake Ringer48.25 hours
Ben Timchak25.75 hours
Bruce Smith15.75 hours
Christy Smith13.38 hours
Demarie Slinger8.5 hours
Erin VanGundy8 hours
Jamie Berube5 hours
Jonathan Oppenheimer5 hours
Jonathan Oppenheimer5 hours
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Average Time in Minutes to Process All Requests

Idaho Public Records Law Manual

This guidebook, published by the Attorney General, explains how citizens are entitled to monitor the actions of state and local government entities by accessing government records.

Submit a Public Records Request

If you are looking for information that is not readily available on our website, Idaho’s Public Records Act protects your right to review and obtain copies of government records.

IDL's Public Records Request Policy

IDL processes public records requests in accordance with the Idaho Public Records Act. This policy clarifies those portions of the Idaho Public Records Act subject to department discretion.
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