Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests
At the City of Farmington, we make every effort to follow the regulations put in place by both the our federal and state governments. Included in those regulations is the right of our citizens to understand and know the information we have stored and accessible under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
The following information was provided by the Freedom of Information Act website located at www.foia.gov.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.
The nine exemptions to the FOIA are (1)National defense or foreign policy information properly classified pursuant an Executive Order, (2)Documents "related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of an agency", (3)Documents "specifically exempted from disclosure by statute" other than FOIA, but only if the other statute's disclosure prohibition is absolute, (4)Documents which would reveal "[t]rade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential", (5)Documents which are "inter-agency or intra-agency memorandum or letters" which would be privileged in civil litigation, (6)Documents which are "personnel and medical and similar files the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy", (7)Documents which are "records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes," but only if one or more of six specified types of harm would result, (8)Documents which are related to specified reports prepared by, on behalf of, or for the use of agencies which regulate financial institutions, and (9) Documents which would reveal oil well data.
Visit the FOIA.gov website