freedom of information

IWD director wants $3,846 for her emails, and says her text messages have been purged

BY: - June 7, 2021

After declining requests for an interview, the director of Iowa Workforce Development has responded to a request for her emails with an invoice for $3,846, while stating that her requested text messages have all been purged. The action comes just two weeks after IWD falsely claimed to have turned over another set of documents that […]

State agency falsely claimed to have complied with public-records request

BY: - May 27, 2021

After taking one month to respond to a request for public documents, Iowa Workforce Development recently turned over what it falsely claimed were all of the requested records. As part of that same process, the state agency mistakenly disclosed the personal tax returns of a Des Moines couple that runs an art studio. The agency’s […]

Accused of an open-meetings violation, county board stops recording its meetings

BY: - May 21, 2021

In response to residents “bashing” the Kossuth County Board of Supervisors, the board has opted to stop recording its public meetings. The action was taken March 16 in the wake of a county resident filing a formal complaint against the board for allegedly violating the Iowa Open Meetings Law by meeting in secret. County supervisor […]

Governor’s office doesn’t respond to question about auction of Terrace Hill dinner

BY: - May 5, 2021

The office of Gov. Kim Reynolds has not responded to three written requests for information related to the auction of a dinner at the governor’s official residence to benefit a Christian school. The Iowa Department of Public Health, meanwhile, has indicated it is still unable to respond to an April 3 request for one day’s […]

State discloses long-withheld data showing it miscalculated nursing home infections

BY: - April 2, 2021

Newly disclosed COVID-19 data shows the state of Iowa has retroactively reduced the number of nursing home infections that it publicly reported last year. The data identifies the privately run nursing homes that have had the most infections among residents and staff, the most outbreaks, and those that have spent much of the past year […]

Appeals court to hear city official’s lawsuit alleging newspaper ran him out of town

BY: - February 22, 2021

The Iowa Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments this week in an unusual case involving a former city administrator who argues that an eastern Iowa newspaper successfully campaigned to “run him out of town” through unfavorable news articles and editorials. Craig Malin, who served as Davenport’s city administrator from August 2001 until June 2015, […]

Fee for accessing public-health emails increases to almost $10,000

BY: - July 16, 2020

The Iowa Department of Public Health says “a typo” caused the agency to misstate the fee it intends to charge before considering whether it will disclose a select group of emails sent to and from the state medical director. The actual fee for access is close to $10,000, which is 23% more than what the […]

Bill would extend time for public information and open meetings complaints

BY: - March 12, 2020

Iowans would have more time to file a complaint with the Iowa Public Information Board under a bill approved by a Senate committee Thursday.  House File 2416 would give people 90 days after the violation of the state’s open records or open meetings laws to file a complaint. The current deadline is 60 days.  The […]