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Maryland Department of Transportation 060 Public Information Act Policy
Original Date: May 7, 1979 Revised Date: September 25, 2015 Effective Date: October 1, 2015 MDOT signed policy supersedes all information provided on this page. Printed copies of this page only valid for this date: October 23, 2020
Public Information Act Requests
The purpose of this Policy is to:
- Re-establish a Public Information Act (PIA) request process by which all MDOT Transportation Business Units (TBU) may release certain information to the public and comply with all applicable State statutory and regulatory requirements;
- Assign responsibilities and timelines to respond to PIA requests;
- Establish a process to recover costs to protect the integrity of the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) and authorize appropriate and reasonable fees for searching, compiling, and reproducing documents; and
- Define certain terms within the context of PIA requests.
This Policy is applicable to all MDOT employees and supersedes any Transportation Business Unit (TBU) procedures or processes related to PIAs. This Policy rescinds all previous Release of Public Records and Public Information Act requests policies.
- MDOT’s policy is to comply both in letter and spirit to the Public Information Act as delineated in the General Provisions Article, § 4-101 et seq., Annotated Code of Maryland.
- MDOT may only maintain information about a person if it is relevant and necessary to accomplish its purpose and which is authorized by statute, executive order of the Governor, judicial rule, or other legislative mandate.
- All persons are entitled to information regarding the affairs of government and official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees.
- Maryland law identifies the “Official Custodian” as the official or employee responsible for maintaining the public record, whether or not that person has physical custody and control of the record. MDOT regulations further provide that the Official Custodian is whomever the Secretary appoints in “the Departmental headquarters elements, the administrations, and the various Departmental boards and commissions.” For the purposes of this Policy, the following individuals are designated as MDOT PIA Custodians:
- The Secretary’s Office (TSO): Deputy Secretary of Policy, Planning, and Enterprise Services;
- Maryland Port Administration (MPA): Deputy Executive Director
- Maryland Transit Administration (MTA): Administrator
- Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA): Administrator
- Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) Executive Director/CEO
- State Highway Administration (SHA): Administrator
- Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA): Executive Director
- This MDOT Policy shall authorize all PIA request process requirements including PIA Representative and Coordinator roles and responsibilities; TBU responsibilities; available records designations; response times; denials, partial denials, and remedies; fee schedule; Compliance Board; appeals; and administrative reviews.
For the purposes of this Policy, the following words have the following meanings:
- means the Transportation Business Units, which is defined below.
- means any person requesting the disclosure of public records. This may include citizens, corporations, associations, public interest groups, private individuals, the media, universities, and governmental units.
- means MDOT including all TBUs.
- means the individual designated to track and coordinate all PIA requests throughout MDOT.
- means the “Official Custodian” as outlined in Section I.
- means the individual that members of the public can contact to request public records from that unit or TBU.
- means the individual designated to track and coordinate all PIA requests for their TBU.
- means an original or copy of any documentary material in any form, to include written materials, books, photographs, photocopies, films, microfilms, records, tapes, computerized records, maps and drawings created or received by MDOT in connection with the transaction of public business.
- means The Secretary’s Office (TSO), Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA), Maryland Port Administration (MPA), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), State Highway Administration (SHA), or Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA).