FOIA & Transparency

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), MCL 15.231 et seq, provides that certain persons can receive copies or make inspections of most public records of public bodies upon written request. The person must sufficiently describe the records he or she seeks. The public body may charge a fee to cover the cost of complying with a person's FOIA request.

Only existing, non-exempt public records can be provided under the Freedom of Information ACT (FOIA). Tax returns and tax return information are confidential records protected from disclosure under Michigan Compiled Law 205.28(1)(f) and therefore cannot be released under the FOIA. If you are seeking tax related information, please see the instructions for submitting a Disclosure Request to the Office of Privacy and Security.

FOIA requests directed to this Department can be sent by email or mail to:

Email: MIStateTreasurer@michigan.gov

Michigan Department of Treasury
Attn. FOIA Coordinator
P.O. Box 30716
Lansing, MI 48909

Requests must include a name, address and contact information (phone number or email address).

View the Department's written procedures and guidelines.

View a written public summary of the Department's procedures and guidelines.

 



Transparency Liaison

 

Designation of Transparency Liaison  

Executive Directive 2019-11, which took effect on March 10, 2019, provides that each department or autonomous agency subject to constitutional supervision by the Governor that is required to designate a Freedom of Information Act Coordinator also is required to designate a separate individual as Transparency Liaison. In compliance with the Executive Directive, the Department of Treasury has designated a Transparency Liaison, who is required to do all of the following:

 

  1. Assist members of the public seeking a public record from the Department in navigating the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act, or other law applicable to public records, including by providing educational materials on the Department’s website.
  2. Assist members of the public seeking to participate in public meetings held by boards or commissions within the Department in a manner that complies with the Open Meetings Act, including by providing educational materials on the Department’s website.
  3. Make recommendations to the Department for compliance with the Executive Directive, to reduce costs relating to public records requests, and to encourage greater transparency.
  4. Advocate for the disclosure of public records quickly and in a cost-efficient manner.
  5. Advocate for transparency and procedures that encourage public participation in public meetings.
  6. Consult with the Department’s Freedom of Information Act Coordinator regarding compliance with the Executive Directive and the Freedom of Information Act.
  7. Recommend changes to the Department’s Procedures and Guidelines and Written Public Summary of the Procedures and Guidelines under the Freedom of Information Act.


Submission of Transparency Liaison Requests

Transparency Liaison requests to the Department of Treasury may be submitted by email or postal mail to:

Email: MIStateTreasurer@michigan.gov

or

Michigan Department of Treasury
Attn: Transparency Liaison
P.O. Box 30716
Lansing, MI 48909

To facilitate a response, requests should include a name, phone number, and mailing address.