Four advocacy groups recently joined hands, to once again encourage Governor Cuomo to act on their recommendation to use of the Internet to facilitate the processing of all New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests. This law specifies that “a free society is maintained only when the government is responsive and responsible to the public, and when the public is aware of governmental actions.”
Their specific recommendation, automate our current labor intense processing system using as a model the Freedom of Information Act FOIA Online system just introduced by the federal government. This system interfaces with a half a dozen agencies, with requests tracked through all stages of processing while allowing users to gain access to similar requests submitted by others. It is estimated the new system will save millions of dollars in processing costs.
Will the governor act on their recommendation? Highly doubtful!! Governor Cuomo has been in office for nearly two years and continues to ignore meaningful recommendations for change, many of which are submitted by agencies he overseas. He owns the bat and ball and doesn’t want the boy’s and girls’ on his block to play on his field.