The Public Information Act Compliance Board hears complaints involving the imposition of fees under the Act. Specifically, a requester who is assessed a fee of more than $350 may file a complaint with the Board if the requester believes that the fee is unreasonable. The Board will issue a written opinion and, if the Board finds that the custodian charged an unreasonable fee, may order the custodian to reduce the fee to a reasonable amount or refund the excessive portion of a fee that was paid.
The Board cannot decide complaints that involve fees of less than $350 or that arise out of a government custodian's handling of a PIA request. Disputes involving these issues and other aspects of the PIA may be referred to the Public Access Ombudsman for mediation.
The PIA Compliance Board is an independent State entity, and its five members are appointed by the Governor. Although the PIA Compliance Board is not part of the Office of the Attorney General, this Office provides it with administrative staff and legal advice and also publishes its opinions and notices on this website. The PIA Compliance Board has no office or budget of its own.
John H. West, III, Esq., Chair Christopher A. Eddings Deborah F. Moore-Carter Rene C. Swafford, Esq. Darren S. Wigfield
Janice Clark, Administrator
Karen L. Federman Henry, Counsel
Before submitting a complaint to the PIA Compliance Board, please read the
Compliance Board's Complaint ProceduresIn addition, the Office of the Attorney General's Public Information Act
Manual discusses fees in Chapter
7. See the entire Manual at www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Opengov.
All meeting dates will be posted under "Meeting Notices" below. The PIA Compliance Board will meet on a rolling basis as necessary to deliberate on complaints. Meetings may be held in person or by conference call. Members of the public who are interested in attending those meetings or joining the conference call should check this webpage frequently for notices or sign up for e-mail notifications. Sign-up requests may be sent to email@example.com.
The PIA Compliance Board will hold an annual meeting between July 1 and September 25 of each year. When necessary, the Board may hold special meetings during the General Assembly's legislative session to respond to requests from the Legislature for comments on pending legislation. Special meetings during a legislative session (generally, mid-January through early April) sometimes must be called on short notice. All meeting notices will be posted below.
The Public Information Act Compliance Board is holding a call-in meeting to discuss a new PIA fee complaint (Ronald Ely v. Montgomery County Police Department) and the response of the Board. The call-in meeting will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. There is no separate agenda for the meeting at this time.
Call-in Details:Dial-in number: (866) 247-6034Conference code: 432.858.8680 #
If you are interested in receiving email notifications about future meetings of the PIACB, please contact Janice Clark, Administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PIACB meeting, Feb. 10, 2016
PIACB Annual Meeting, September 12, 2016
PIACB meeting, September 26, 2016
February 10, 2016
September 12, 2016
By mail: Public Information Act Compliance Boardc/o Office of the Attorney General200 St. Paul PlaceBaltimore, Maryland 21202
By phone: (410) 576-6560By email: email@example.com
200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202
410-576-6300 / 1-888-743-0023 toll-free / TDD: 410-576-6372