Maine FOAA Policy Resource

Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) policies, procedures and guidelines are used by Maine agencies when responding to public records requests. Below is a partial compilation of Maine FOAA policies provided as a general information resource. In January 2017, a comprehensive request was issued to all agencies on the State's website.  Some agencies not listed do not have policies; others did not respond to our request. Please bear in mind agencies are free to withdraw or change their policies at any time.

Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry
FOAA Guidelines

Department of Defense, Veterans, and Emergency Management
DVEM Policy 13-03, Public Communications Policy (Revised)

Department of Economic and Community Development
Providing Public Access to Departmental Information and Proceedings

Department of Education
FOAA Standard Operating Procedure

Department of Environmental Protection
Steps in FOA Process
FOA Standard Operating Procedure
FOA Processing Form
FOA Exceptions Log

Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Access to Public Records Under the Maine Freedom of Access Act
FOAA Process Flow Chart
FOAA Coordinator Request Procedure Form
Employee FOAA Request Procedure Form

Department of Labor
FOAA Standard Operating Procedure

Department of Marine Resources
Letter of Procedure - 2/10/2017

Department of Public Safety
Standard Operating Procedures 
General Order
State Fire Marshall - General Order
Freedom of Access Act Fee Schedule
Emergency Phone Call Transcript Form
Maine Revised Statutes Title 1, Chapter 13
FOAA Procedures
Criminal Justice Academy Requests
Crash Investigation Report Requests
Incident Report Request
State Police Operations - General Order
Drug Enforcement Agency Operations - General Order

Department of Professional & Financial Regulation
Office of the Commissioner
Letter from Commissioner Anne Head dated January 27, 2017
Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation
Letter from Commissioner Anne Head dated January 26, 2017
Summary of State Agency FOAA Administration
Bureau of Insurance
Letter from Bureau of Insurance Senior Staff Attorney Timothy Record dated February 3, 2017
Request Confidential Treatment of Documents
Bureau of Consumer Credit
Email from Bureau of Consumer Credit Attorney William Lund outlining department FOAA procedures
Public Advocate
Guidelines from Office of Public Advocate
Bureau of Financial Institutions
Email from Bureau of Financial Institutions Deputy Superintendent John Barr outlining department FOAA procedures

Office of the Attorney General
Responding to FOAA Request Guidelines
FOAA Procedure Checklist

Secretary of State
Responding to a FOAA Request

Maine Housing Authority
FOAA Procedure
FOAA Fee Policy

Maine Human Rights Commission
Policy on Public Records Available for Public Inspection and Copying
Email and Voicemail Retention Guide 2008
Redaction Guidelines

Maine Health Data Organization
Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) Requests Guidelines

Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority
NNEPRA Policy Governing Access to Public Records

Maine International Trade Center

Maine Technology Institute
MTI FOAA Operating Procedure

Firm Highlights

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