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1. Who receives a request?

1. Who receives a request?

The request should be directed to the public official or employee who has custody of the records. The request need not be to the head of an agency or to a supervisor.

1. Who receives a request?

An applicant must make a written application to the "custodian." § 10-614. "Custodian" is defined in § 10-611(c) to mean the official custodian or any other authorized individual who has physical custody and control of a public record.

1. Who receives a request?

The public body must designate the person to receive the request. 51 O.S. §§ 24A.5.6., 24A.6.

1. Who receives a request?

Requests should be made to any custodian or the "official custodian" of the record. Anyone who has possession, custody or control of a public record is a "custodian."

1. Who receives a request?

Request must be made to custodian of the government entity that has the record desired. Custodian means "the governmental officer or employee who in the normal course of his or her duties has access to or control of public records." 950 CMR 32.03.  “Records custodians should use their superior knowledge” both “to assist the requester in obtaining the desired information” and “to ensure that the request is delivered to the appropriate party,” and therefore custodians should forward requests (or portions of requests) to the appropriate parties for a response.  Guide to the Mass.

1. Who receives a request?

All requests are first directed to the actual custodian of the records in question. Oregon's review procedures then vary slightly depending upon whether the records in question are held:

by a state public body,

by a county, city or local public body, or

by an elected official.

1. Who receives a request?

The request should be addressed to the public agency in question, and it is the public agency's responsibility to respond to the request.

1. Who receives a request?

Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 15.236 generally assigns responsibility for responding to FOIA requests to the public body's FOIA coordinator:

1. Who receives a request?

The Act states that “written request[s] must be addressed to the open-records officer” that agencies are required to designate under the Act. If such a request is directed to some other agency employee, such employee “shall be directed to forward requests for records to the [agency’s] open records officer.” Section 703.

The Act sets forth how “open-records officers” are established and their responsibilities.

1. Who receives a request?

This depends on the agency, but generally FOIA responsibilities are not assigned to specific offices. A "public body," however, must actually receive a FOIA request in order to trigger any legal obligation to make requested records available. Del. Op. Att'y Gen., No. 04-ib04 (Feb. 5, 2004).