The Virginia FOIA Opinion Archive


FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-26-01

No exemption applies to allow for confidential discussion over construction plans for a previously approved restaurant

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-25-01

Government entity may charge the actual cost, including an hourly rate for the time reasonably necessary, to fulfill an FOIA request.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-24-01

Citizens advisory committee established to make recommendations to the State Transportation Board is subject to FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-22-01

Attorney-client privilege exemption gives record custodian discretion to release as much or as little of exempt record to anyone; distribution to one person does not destroy the exemption.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-23-01

Student government of state college is subject to FOIA when supported wholly or principally by public funds.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-21-01

Regarding duty to explain how the actual cost of searching for records was calculated; consecutive requests must be treated separately; public body may require a deposit if cost of providing records would exceed $200.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-16-01

List of concealed handgun permit holders is a public record.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-20-01

Two-person subcommittee is a public body subject to FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-18-01

At least three working days' notice is necessary to announce the change in location of a previously scheduled meeting; updates required everywhere notice is posted, including the Internet.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-17-01

With respect to the Governor's Development Opportunity Fund, records used for the governor's personal or deliberative use are exempt, but records related to how grants are awarded or loans made are subject to disclosure under FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-19-01

With the exception of certain statistical information and financial records, the Virginia Parole Board's records are not subject to FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-14-01

When making a motion to go into closed session, the level of specificity required to identify the subject matter when addressing litigation greatly depends upon how its disclosure would affect the negotiating or litigating posture of the public body, and thus a general description may suffice.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-15-01

The professional qualifications of a public official are considered part of that official's personnel record and thus may be withheld.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-13-01

Regarding directory information held by a school system and duties under FOIA when a requested record does not exist.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-10-01

Section 60.2-114(A) prohibits the release of audit information related to employer compliance with employee earnings requirements.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-11-01

Lists of businesses to whom licenses have been issued or lists of individuals or businesses on a locality's tax rolls are available under FOIA if they exist.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-12-01

A public body may charge $.25 per page for copies as long as that charge does not exceed the actual cost of providing the record.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-09-01

As an agency of the county, a neighborhood connections office is subject to FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-07-01

Videotapes taken from a camera mounted on a public school bus are not available for disclosure under FOIA or FERPA unless the written consent of every parent of every identifiable child is obtained.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-08-01

In consultation with legal counsel, the public body is the holder of the attorney-client privilege and so may disclose information it wishes; merely discussing an exempt document does not kill an applicable exemption.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-05-01

A school board member's attendance as a member of the general public at a meeting of a committee that two fellow school board members are on does not constitute a meeting of the school board.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-06-01

noncriminal incident police reports are available under FOIA, though police may excise personal identifying information; phone director of city employees, if it exists, is subject to disclosure under FOIA.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-03-01

Regarding requirements for notice and agendas for special or emergency meetings; enforcement

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-04-01

The personnel records exemption allows the withholding of personally identifiable information regarding a applicant's education and qualificiations; specific classes taken by city manager part of personnel record, too.

FOI Advisory Council Opinion AO-01-01

Use of an e-mail network listserv by city council members is an improper electronic meeting under FOIA.