Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall has announced changes in the agency's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) policy in an effort to make the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) more open and accessible to the public.
The changes are as follows:
Secretary Hall points to a review of FOIA requests filed with SCDOT over the past 12 months. Hall said more than 3/4 of those requests made in the past year would not have incurred any charges under the new policy.
Hall has been reviewing the agency's spectrum of policies since she was appointed Acting Secretary by Governor Haley in the summer of 2015. Since the confirmation of her appointment a little over two months ago, Hall is moving forward with policy changes. "One of our goals is to significantly improve the public's access to SCDOT records and how taxpayers' money is being spent. The changes in SCDOT's FOIA policy are a step in that direction," said Hall.
Hall noted that she has begun other initiatives to improve the efficiency and performance of SCDOT, both internally and in the delivery of completed road and bridge projects for the public.
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