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Guidelines for Access to Public Records: California Public Records Act (Government Code section 6250, et seq.)

Public records in the possession of the Financial Information System for California (FI$Cal) which are not exempt from disclosure under the Public Records Act shall be available for inspection, and copies of such public records shall be provided, pursuant to these guidelines. These guidelines are posted in all FI$Cal offices and on FI$Cal’s public website ( A copy of these guidelines is available upon request without cost.

Requesting Inspection or Copies of Public Records. Requests should be sufficiently specific and focused to enable identification, location, and retrieval of the public records sought. If a request is not specific and focused, FI$Cal staff will: (1) assist the requester to identify public records that are responsive to the request or to the purpose of the request, (2) describe the information technology or physical location in which the public records exist, and (3) provide suggestions for overcoming any practical barriers to disclosure of the public records sought. FI$Cal does not supplement responses to previous requests when new records are created or received. A separate request must be submitted each time records are sought.

To ensure accuracy in responding to a request for public records, FI$Cal encourages all requests to be submitted in writing, including by facsimile or by electronic mail. Requests may also be made orally, by telephone or in person. Please direct requests to: FI$Cal, Administrative Officer, 2000 Evergreen Street, Sacramento, CA 95815-3839. Business: (916) 576-4846, Fax: (916) 576-4832,

Public Records Exempt from Disclosure. FI$Cal may refuse to disclose records which are exempt from disclosure under the Public Records Act (see for example Government Code sections 6254 and 6255).

Inspecting Public Records. Public records in the possession of FI$Cal which are not exempt from disclosure shall be available for inspection during the normal business hours of FI$Cal (8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday). If the request seeks inspection of numerous records, a mutually agreeable time shall be established for the inspection. FI$Cal functions will not be disrupted to permit inspection of records, and records will not be available for inspection during periods when the records are required by FI$Cal personnel in the performance of their duties. Records will not be removed from the possession of FI$Cal. A FI$Cal employee will be present during the inspection of records to prevent the loss or destruction of records.

Obtaining Copies of Public Records. Copies of public records that are not exempt from disclosure will be provided at the cost of 10 cents per page for duplication. After FI$Cal determines the number of pages of records responsive to a request, FI$Cal may require the requester to pay the duplication costs before the copies are made and provided. FI$Cal does not accept payment of estimated duplication costs at the time a request is submitted.

Obtaining Public Records in Electronic Format. If a request seeks public records in an electronic format, the Department will provide those public records that are not exempt from disclosure in an electronic format if the Department has them in that format at the time the request is received. If FI$Cal does not have a public record in an electronic format, but another state entity may, FI$Cal will assist the requester in contacting that state entity.