About open recordsOffice of the General Counsel: Open Records
The Texas Public Information Act (TPIA)
Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, gives you the right to access government records; and an officer for public information and the officer’s agent may not ask why you want them. All government information is presumed to be available to the public. Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information. Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.
NOTE: TPIA does not apply to the federal government or to any of its departments or agencies. If you are seeking federal government information, the appropriate law is the federal Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) or Privacy Act. Rules and procedures that govern access to federal information under FOIA and Privacy Act (PA) are different from those of the TPIA.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) / Privacy Act (PA)
The FOIA, known by its legal cite as Title 5 U.S.C. § 552, along with the Department of Defense (DoD) Regulation 5400.7, governs how FOIA requests will be processed within the National Guard.
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