Petitioner alleged that the State of Delaware Board of Elections violated FOIA by allowing board members to have visual and audio access to its January 9, 2023 virtual meeting but limiting the public to audio access.
DECIDED: The Board did not violate FOIA by allowing the public to access this meeting through audio means only.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the State Employee Benefits Committee, Delaware Department of Human Resources failed to justify its denial of access to the redacted information in the Medicfill contract.
DECIDED: The Committee satisfied its burden of demonstrating that requested materials were appropriately withheld under the pending litigation exemption.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the Trustees of the New Castle Common failed to respond to two requests for contracts.
DECIDED: The Trustees violated FOIA by failing to meet their burden of demonstrating that the requested contracts are exempt from disclosure.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (“DHSS”) violated FOIA by denying access to an animal welfare complaint report.
DECIDED: The DHSS did not violate FOIA, as the requested record is exempt under the investigatory files exemption.
Petitioner alleged that the Delaware Department of Finance improperly denied his request for certain meeting minutes because he was not a citizen of Delaware.
DECIDED: The Department did not violate FOIA by denying access to the requested records.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the Delaware Department of Education (“DOE”) violated FOIA by including in its cost estimate for email retrieval time to scrub email results and including in its potential administrative cost the time to redact documents.
DECIDED: This Office found no basis to conclude that DOE violated FOIA as alleged in the petition.
Petitioner alleged that Sussex County violated FOIA by failing to provide responsive records to two requests related to a certain wastewater facility.
DECIDED: The County has met its burden of proof to demonstrate that it has not violated FOIA by failing to provide responsive records to the two requests.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the Board of Directors of the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (“DIAA”) violated FOIA at its November 10, 2022 meeting because the motion to take administrative action on a personnel matter discussed in the preceding executive session did not adequately describe the topic subject to vote.
DECIDED: The Board did not violate FOIA by failing to describe more specifically the personnel matter subject to vote.Read More
Petitioner alleged that DNREC had not responded to his request as of the date of the Petition and that the raw sampling data and related internal correspondence had not been provided, despite this Office’s previous opinion regarding these records.
DECIDED: The Petition’s claim that DNREC failed to respond to your request was determined to be moot. DNREC violated FOIA by failing to demonstrate its withholding of access to the requested raw data and the related internal correspondence was proper under FOIA.Read More
Petitioner alleged that the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (“DNREC”), the Delaware Parks and Recreation Council (“Parks Council”), and the Parks Council’s Stakeholder Workgroup (“Workgroup”) violated FOIA by failing to adhere to FOIA’s open meeting requirements because the Parks Council’s agendas for its February, May, August, and November 2022 meetings did not give adequate notice of its intent to review or change the surf fishing permit program. Petitioner also alleged that the Workgroup was required to provide public notice of its meetings.
DECIDED: Parks Council did not violate FOIA with its agenda topics. However, we determined that the Workgroup is a public body under FOIA, and thus, did violate FOIA’s open meeting requirements.Read More