Under Texas’ Public Information Act, government agencies are required to provide public information upon request, but often fail to do so in the requested format that is searchable and sortable.

Key points

– Access to public information in a searchable and sortable format is an essential tool for achieving increased government transparency and meaningful reform.

– The Public Information Act requires information be provided in a requested format if the information is maintained or feasibly created in that format.

– The Act should be amended to clarify that available formats include those allowing the information to be searched and sorted.