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Work's Suggestions for a Transparent Government

INFORMATION ACCESS

July 8, 2011

Nearing the end of his term as Alberta's privacy commissioner, Frank Work offers suggestions for incoming leadership on how to approach government transparency. "Remember, the whole idea of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) is to ensure that the public has access to information held by government," Work writes for the Edmonton Journal. He goes on to say that obeying FOIP is not enough. "Tell your cabinet that you expect them to get the information out there...Instruct your ministers to deliver the same message," he writes. Work recommends a rewrite of the chief information officer's job description and additional FOIP coordinators to ensure these goals are met.
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