FEMA Charging $210,000 For Public Records Request

The Associated Press is reporting on an interesting public records story. The US Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested that The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge, Louisiana pay nearly $210,000 for a public records request that requires the agency to produce over 2 million pages of documents. The Advocate is investigating FEMA’s response to hurricanes […]

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What Is The Social Security Death Index Search?

The Social Security Death Index ( or SSDI as it is commonly called ) is a searchable database of deceased people that is maintained by the U. S. Social Security Administration, using their Death Master File records. As of this post, the Social Security Death Index contains over 80 million records of people who were […]

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Free Voter Registration Record Searches

More and more states are making voter registration verification records publicly available with free online searches. Most of the state voter registration searches require users to input one or more of the following pieces of information: – The person’s first and / or last names. – The person’s address, often including county. – The zip […]

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Connecticut Criminal Records & Motor Vehicle Violations Search

Connecticut’s state judicial system has made public criminal and motor vehicle violation records available with a free website search. According to an Associated Press article, this move towards more open and easily accessible public records has drawn praise from freedom of information advocates and criticism from privacy activists. Over 1 million of Connecticut’s criminal conviction […]

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Faster Public Records Ruling In Arizona

EastValleyTribune.com is reporting on an Arizona Court of Appeals ruling, favoring faster responses on the part of state and local governments to public records requests. The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Tuesday that government departments cannot make people wait for weeks or months for public records that have been requested. The public records […]

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