FOIA and You: How the Freedom of Information Act Impacts Michigan Works! Agencies

Chances are you are familiar with the term “Freedom of Information Act” (FOIA). But how much do you know about the law itself?

And why is it important that you do?

In brief, Michigan’s FOIA provides all persons (except those incarcerated in correctional facilities) with access to public records of public bodies unless that information is protected from disclosure by law.

While “public body” is most often associated with government agencies and employees, it can also be defined as, among other things, “Any other body which is created by state or local authority or which is primarily funded by or through state or local authority.” Sound like anyone you know?

This half-day training is designed to provide a better understanding of FOIA and get staff up to speed on the requirements of this increasingly complex law, including:

  • Who or what agencies are subject to the Freedom of Information Act
  • What records, emails, personal notes can be requested
  • If you receive a FOIA request, how soon do you have to respond?
  • Can you charge a fee for the requested record?
  • How are fees to be calculated?
  • Do records have to be created that are not readily available?
  • Establishing a FOIA policy if your agency is not under the umbrella of a state, county or city governing body

 

Who Should Attend
  • Michigan Works! Planners
  • Michigan Works! Management Staff
  • Michigan Works! Directors
  • Staff responsible for FOIA requests

 

Date / Time

September 25, 2018
Registration: 8:30 – 9:00
Training: 9:00 – 12:00

 

Location

Best Western
2209 University Park Dr.
Okemos, MI 48864

 

Fee

$80.00 – Member
$116.00 - Nonmember

 

Register

 

Presented by

David G. Stoker, Cohl, Stoker & Toskey, P.C., Lansing, MI