Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Gomery Commission provides flowcharts on processing of Information Requests (Canada)

Thanks to Al Roberts for this:

The Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities of the Canadian Government (the Gomery Commission) has provided unprecedented firsthand evidence about the way in which politically sensitive information requests are handled within Canada's federal government.

Readers interested in learning more about the routines used by the ministry at the centre of the controversy -- the Department of Public Works and Government Services -- should read the November 23 testimony of Anita Lloyd, the Department's Coordinator of Access and Privacy.

The November 23 testimony can be downloaded from:

During her testimony, Mrs. Lloyd referred to three flowcharts used by the department to manage information requests: one for "routine" requests; one for "Interesting No Media Lines" requests; and one for "Interesting Media Lines" requests. The Gomery Commission has provided the flowcharts, and they are now posted at:

(Look under the "Canada" header.)

The procedures described in the flowcharts are not unique to the Department of Public Works and Government Services, as Ann Rees explained in a series for the Toronto Star last year.

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