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Subject: Re: It's a burden for us to respond to enquiries for public records. Boston Finance Commission.
From: "Grevin, Fred" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 19 Jun 2008 13:19:49 -0400
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In addition to Gary's comments, I would add IT'S THE LAW, STUPID!  
 
If a government agency fails to follow the law, what sort of example is it giving ? 
 
If fulfilling its legal mandate is a burden due to lack of staffing (a not uncommon problem), then it's the government agency's responsibility to figure out a solution--one that does NOT include whining. 
 
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Fred Grevin 
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: Records Management Program <[log in to unmask]> 
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]> 
Sent: Thu Jun 19 10:33:36 2008 
Subject: Re: [RM] It's a burden for us to respond to enquiries for public records. Boston Finance Commission. 
 
Government places a lot of requirements (via laws) on the public 
(individuals, small businesses, etc.) that are a burden to fulfill, yet 
the government requires the public to fulfill those requirements. So 
when the requirements are placed by law on the government itself, that 
government has no excuse not to fulfill those requirements.  
 
Gary Link, CRM 
Pittsburgh, PA 
 
-----Original Message----- 
From: Don Saklad [mailto:[log in to unmask]]  
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2008 10:25 AM 
To: [log in to unmask] 
Subject: [RM] It's a burden for us to respond to enquiries for public 
records. Boston Finance Commission. 
 
Boston Finance Commission explained along the lines that they have a 
limited ability to respond with only 2 staff. If you argue that it's a 
burden to respond to enquiries for public records what's the counter to 
that argument?... something along the lines of it being the 
responsibility an agency of open government?... 
 
References 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Finance_Commission 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Boston_Finance_Commission 
http://sunshineboston.blogspot.com 
 
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