From: Freeman, Robert (DOS)
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2010 2:18 PM
Subject: RE: question
Hi - -
Section 87(5)(a) states in part that “An agency shall provide records on the medium requested by a
person, if the agency can reasonably make such copy or have such copy made by engaging an outside
professional service.” That being so, if, for example, a person asks that records be made available on
a cd and an agency has the ability to do so with reasonable effort, I believe that it must do so, rather
than requiring that the records be made made available in hard copy.
Hope this helps.
Robert J. Freeman
Committee on Open Government
Department of State
One Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12231
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2010 1:22 PM
To: Freeman, Robert (DOS)
How are you?
Does FOIL mandate that when a FOIL request is granted that the information being
requested be supplied in the requested format? If someone asks for something
electronically can we give it to them in a hard copy instead?
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