Public Records

In Virginia, the records created by local and state officials and employees are governed by the Virginia Public Records Act. It defines what the government must keep according to records retention schedules and what must be available via the Freedom of Information Act, and what records are private and do not have to be disclosed.

While working for the Library of Virginia, I made the classification decision of what was a public record and what was not on a daily basis. Since leaving, I have made numerous FOIA requests of both state and local agencies, receiving documents from and (sometimes) successfully appealing onerous fees.

If you need help navigating the Freedom of Information Act and public records, contact me at or by going to the Contact page.