As a practice, Arlington County will post responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests online. The purpose of posting FOIA responses is to promote increased awareness and transparency of government activities and afford residents and businesses an opportunity to witness the operations of government. This aligns with Arlington County Open Government goals. The overarching goal is to increase government transparency.
Online FOIA posting will be limited to Arlington County government documents requested via FOIA. The full content of individual requests are not posted, as they often contain personal identifying information. However, a summary of the request is provided and further detail on each request received is released separately through the County’s Open Data Portal – FOIA requests dataset.
Standard FOIA exemptions apply. Arlington County will not post protected health information of residents, personnel records, proprietary business information or other such documents that are exempt from FOIA and cannot be legally posted online. In accordance with General Schedule GS-19, responses are retained for three years. Individuals making FOIA requests will continue to receive all records allowable by law, even if those responses may not be posted online.