Public Records Impacts of the 2015 Long Session

The North Carolina General Assembly wrapped up its 2015 long session on September 30th.  A number of laws enacted during these months will have an impact on the creation of or access to public records: S.L. 2015-7 (SB 14) clarifies that the Academic Standards Review Commission — established by S.L. 2014-78 and under the purview of…

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10/10 is Electronic Records Day

Today is Electronic Records Day, a day where we raise awareness about the role electronic records play in public business and what the State Archives is doing to help public employees manage and preserve important electronic records. See past Electronic Records Day posts here and here. Many public employees use their personal mobile devices to…

How Anonymous are Anonymous Tips?

Frayda Bluestein of the UNC School of Government published a useful blog post on comments, e-mails, and messages received from citizens and whether or not they may be confidential. Like many questions about confidentiality and public records, the short answer is “it depends.” But Frayda does a great job here of sorting that out.  

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Happy Sunshine Week!

Governor McCrory has declared the week of March 16-22 as Sunshine Week, an entire week dedicated to openness and transparency in government.  As government officials and employees, we do not own the records in our offices.  The people are the owners, and we are the custodians.  This means that the people have the right to…

From Whence G.S. 132? Part 1

From Whence G.S. 132? Part 1 Since you, dear reader, have found your way here to our dusty cardboard, pulp, and email filled corner of the internet you are probably familiar with the nature of NC G.S. 132. If you are a records custodian, either at the state or local level you are no doubt,…