Editor’s Note: Sunshine Request makes no claim as to the veracity of any statements or information contained in any of the requests, or public records, we receive.
Editor’s Note 12/06/19: The above submission has been marked as “Completed.”
We have recently received a high volume of submissions that are not requests for public records, but instead are informational type questions for the government to answer.
In the interest of preserving our team’s time to focus on our high volume of requests, as well to respect the staff time of government entities fulfilling records requests, Sunshine Request will no longer fulfill requests that are just questions for government entities to answer. It is the requester’s responsibility to write their request in a manner that clearly specifies what record they would like to receive. Records requests should include things like documents, government emails, and data sets.
If the sender would like to resubmit the request, please do so via the request form on our homepage.
Tips for Writing a Request:
It is important that what you are requesting is specific and reasonable, and is an actionable records request. Please specify the exact records you’d like to receive, rather than any “possible” or “potential” info that could be searched. Remember that the larger your request, the more time it usually takes to fulfill. Specificity will often help reduce the amount of time needed to process the request.
It is important that a request has a clearly written and complete Subject and Message, and also specifies the Government Entity (or entities), City and/or County, and State to which the request should be sent. If applicable, please also include any responsive timelines for the info that should be requested – For example, “All emails sent from 11/11/19 – 12/11/19.”
This will help reduce the amount of time needed for our team to review and send the request, and will also reduce the likelihood that a government entity will need additional clarification in order to process the request.