For Sunshine Week, the SPJ Virginia Pro Chapter and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government collaborated on a survey of state agency websites to see how well they complied with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act.
Specifically, we looked at whether government sites clearly link to required policies outlining citizen rights and agency responsibilities under FOIA, and whether those policies include all the elements listed in state law (2.2-3704.1).
The survey found that fewer than 12% of sites were either 100% in compliance or were missing only one piece of the mandated elements.
Here is our report, as well as a shared Google Drive folder that includes:
- Raw survey results
- Full text of 2.2-3704.1
- State agency website anomalies
- Break-out data for higher ed institutions
- Links to the graphics in the report, as well as the graphics as images
The report received coverage from the Public News Service.
Thanks to the volunteers who helped conduct the website survey: Logan Bogert, Veronica Garabelli, John Hopkins, Jennifer Karchmer and Chris Tyree.
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