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The Freedom of Information Act - Compliance by Public Bodies

Published  October 2013

An investigation by the Information Commissioner into the practices and procedures adopted by public bodies generally for the purpose of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, 1997

A Report in accordance with section 36(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, 1997

July 2001

This is a report of an investigation which I carried out in accordance with section 36(2) of the Freedom of Information Act, 1997 (the FOI Act) into the practices and procedures adopted by public bodies for the purposes of compliance with the provisions of that Act.

In the case of most public bodies the Act is now in operation for a little over three years. This investigation, which is required by the Act, presented an opportunity to review the performance of public bodies to date. Its key focus is on what public bodies need to do to ensure that the objectives of the Act are fully met.

In accordance with section 36(5) of the Act, I am furnishing a copy of this report to the Minister for Finance and to each public body. A copy will also be appended to my next annual report, as required by the Act and, in accordance with normal practice, will be laid before each House of the Oireachtas.

Kevin Murphy
Information Commissioner
July 2001

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Contents

  1. Overview and Summary of Recommendations
  2. Chapter 1 - Procedures for Handling Requests
  3. Chapter 2 - The Effectiveness of Internal Review
  4. Chapter 3 - Quality of Response
  5. Chapter 4 - Fees
  6. Chapter 5 - Records Management
  7. Chapter 6 - The Use of the Exemptions contained in the FOI Act
  8. Chapter 7 - Reducing the Burden of complying with FOI Requests
  9. Chapter 8 - A more open Public Service ?
  10. Appendix 1 - List of Public Bodies examined
  11. Appendix 2 - FOI Central Policy Unit Notice No.5 - Release of Information outside of the FOI Act