DSS Records: Can parents gain access to confidential records regarding their children?

The School of Government’s Aimee Wall, has posted a very interesting article, that examines the issues surrounding parents’ right of access to confidential records held by county departments of social services. Professor Wall explores the sometimes unanswered questions that arise when a county decides that specific circumstances prevent that county from sharing a child’s records…

A year by any other name

Your office may have several 12-month periods to track in the course of your normal business. Those of us in state government keep track of annual periods that begin: January 1: The common calendar May 1: Performance evaluations July 1: State’s fiscal year July 1: K-12 academic year August 1: Unemployment wage reports October 1:…

Confidentiality of Local Elected Officials’ Records

The question frequently comes up whether the personnel privacy statutes apply to elected local government officials. In his book Public Records Law for North Carolina Local Governments, Professor David Lawrence cites that a NC Supreme Court case held that persons applying for the position of sheriff were “applicants for employment” under the county personnel privacy…

On The Road Again: Local Records Unit

The Local Records Unit often works directly with local government employees in order to consult about public records law and records management. How often? Well, here’s a visualization of (most of) the 2012 trips by Local Records Unit employees. red = consultation (19), blue = workshop (42), yellow = records transfer (9)

When can I delete my email?

(This pertains to County and Municipal Government employees, not to State Government employees.) Email is a public record as defined by G.S. §121-5 and G.S. §132. Electronic mail is just as much a record as any traditional paper record, and must be treated in the same ways. It is the content of each message that…

Social Media Archive BETA is live!

The State Archives has launched a beta version of its new Social Media Archive, the NC State Government Web Site Archive & Access Program: Social Media Archive BETA. The archive is currently collecting a pilot group of state agency accounts, and its public interface allows visitors to search posts, comments, photos, and tweets. The tool,…