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Transparency Liaisons

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Transparency Liaisons

Citizen engagement with state government should be facilitated by regular, timely, and consistent dissemination of public information and data. The public also deserves help in navigating access to information about their state government. As part of Executive Directive 2019-11, state departments and autonomous agencies subject to supervision by the governor under section 8 of article 5 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, were required to identify a Transparency Liaison to make state government more open, transparent, and accountable.

Under 2019-11, Transparency Liaison's do the following:

    Assist members of the public seeking a public record from the department or agency in navigating the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or other law applicable to public records, including by providing educational materials on the website of the department or agency.
  • Assist members of the public seeking to participate in a public meeting held by a board or commission within the department or agency in a manner that complies with the Open Meetings Act, including by providing educational materials on the website.
  • Make recommendations to the department and agency for compliance with this directive, to reduce costs relating to public records requests, and to encourage greater transparency.
  • Advocate for the disclosure of public records quickly and in a cost-efficient manner.
  • Advocate for transparency and procedures that encourage public participation in public meetings.
  • Consult with the department or agency's FOIA coordinator regarding compliance with this directive and the FOIA.
  • Recommend changes to the department's or agency's procedures and guidelines and written public summary of the procedures and guidelines for the department under section 4 of the FOIA, MCL 15.234.
Department FOIA Page Transparency Liaisons Email Phone
Department of Attorney General (DAG) Stephanie Grace 517-335-7666
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Ashley Steffen 517-242-2282
Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) Lamont Satchel 517-456-3700
Department of Corrections (MDOC) Kyle Kaminski 517-335-2244
Department of Education (MDE) Alisande Shrewsbury 517-241-2077
Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Brad Pagratis 517-388-1548
Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Brittany Campbell 517-582-3784
Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Catherine Hart 517-284-8720
Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) Erica Quealy 517-582-2961
Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Dustin Kamerman 517-285-5680
Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) Christine Apostol 517-481-7645
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Jolene Priest Schultz 517-284-5925
Department of State (MDOS) Sarah Reinhardt 517-241-4172
Department of State HR Jennifer White 517-335-1441
Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) Caleb Buhs 517-241-7422
Department of Transportation (MDOT) Michael Frezell 517-281-6519
Lottery Joe Froehlich 517-449-4593
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Karen Wieber 517-881-9938
Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) Tina Griffiths 313-456-0177
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDS) Kara Hart-Negrich 517-335-2273
Michigan State Police (MSP) Thomas Deasy 517-284-3202
Office of Childrens Ombudsman (OCO) Shameka Hamilton 517-241-0400
Office of the State Employer (OSE) Kathleen Rubie 517-335-2648
State Budget Office (SBO) Lauren Leeds 517-335-0050
Treasury Jack Panitch 517-241-3196


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