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Freedom of Information Law Requests

The Office of the State Inspector General makes available to the public certain of its records pursuant to the New York State Freedom of Information Law (Article 6 of the Public Officers Law), also known as "FOIL." Available records include the agency's public reports and other information which is not exempt from disclosure pursuant to the provisions of FOIL or other law.

In order to make a request for records of this agency pursuant to FOIL, your request must be in writing and include your name and address, additional contact information if relevant, and as specific a description of the records sought as possible. The request may specify whether you wish to inspect the records or have copies sent to you. In the absence of a stated preference, we will assume you wish to obtain copies of available records.

The request should be submitted to:

Records Access Officer
Office of the State Inspector General
Empire State Plaza
Agency Building 2, 16th Floor
Albany, NY 12223

Fax: 518-486-3745

E-mail: foil@ig.ny.gov

Inspection of records

Inspection of records may take place by appointment at our Albany office during our normal office hours:

Office of the State Inspector General
Empire State Plaza
Agency Building 2, 16th Floor
Albany, NY 12223

Office hours: Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., exclusive of holidays.

Fees

Fees for copies of records may be charged as provided in Section 87(1)(b)(iii) of the Public Officers Law. There is no charge for inspection of records unless copies are also requested.

Appealing Denial of Access to Records

Certain records or portions thereof may be exempt from disclosure pursuant to Section 87(2)(a-j) of the Public Officers Law or other law. If you have been denied access by the Records Access Officer, you will be notified by him or her in writing of the denial and the reason(s) therefor. You have a right to appeal the denial, but any appeal must be made within 30 days of the response from the Records Access Officer. An appeal must be in writing and submitted by postal mail or fax to:

Records Access Appeal Officer
Office of the State Inspector General
Empire State Plaza
Agency Building 2, 16th Floor
Albany, NY 12223

Fax: 518-486-3745

The appeal must: (a) identify the records to which access was denied, (b) include your name and address, and (c) be filed no more than thirty (30) days after you receive notice from us of the denial of access.

The decision of the Records Access Appeal Officer constitutes the agency's final determination on the FOIL request.

Subject Matter List

Pursuant to section 87(3)(c) of the Public Officers Law, a subject matter list of records in the possession of the agency has been posted to this website.

Committee on Open Government

The Committee on Open Government is the New York State agency "responsible for overseeing and advising with regard to the Freedom of Information, Open Meetings and Personal Privacy Protection Laws . . . ." The Committee maintains a web site that includes the text of the Freedom of Information Law as well as regulations adopted by the Committee pursuant to FOIL.