Want to know how much British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation spent on cell phones recently? That information will cost you $98,603.
That was one of the findings in the 2009-2010 National Freedom of Information Audit, released May 12, 2010 by Newspapers Canada. The annual exercise tests how readily officials disclose information that should be publicly available on request.
The fifth annual audit has been expanded by more than 40 per cent this year to increase participation from smaller municipalities and include universities for the first time. The good news is that almost three-quarters of requests were responded to within the legislation’s 30-day deadline. The bad news is that auditors encountered inconsistent responses, including high fees for information and employees making up their own rules.
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