The City of Prescott has engaged NextRequest-powered transparency portal for streamlining public records request. The NextRequest portal, available through the City’s website, www.prescott-az.gov, gives the public a greatly increased insight into public requests from the City, and puts a searchable archive of responsive documents at the public’s fingertips.
For the first time, anyone will be able to see any of the hundreds of requests that are made to the City of Prescott each year. Visitors to the site will also have access to responsive documents released, similar to the “release to one, release to all” policy being piloted for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request at the federal level. This ensures that once a government document has been made public once, anyone will have access to it.
“This new system gives citizens, members of the news media, and the general public a new level of access to public records at the City of Prescott,” said City Manager Michael Lamar. “The system provides an important next step in transparency and access to information.”
City Attorney Jon Paladini said that the NextRequest system enhances the City’s compliance for public records requests. “With this system we are exceeding Arizona’ statutory requirements for access to public records,” he said. “More importantly, we are making public information more accessible to the public in an easy to use format.”
“The City of Prescott has been an outstanding partner, and their commitment to transparency is evident in the fact that they did this extraordinary thing.” says NextRequest CEO Tamara Manik-Perlman.
NextRequest makes public records easier for governments to provide and the public to access. Founded in 2015 by three former Code for America fellows, NextRequest is used by governments throughout the U.S.
The NextRequest system is expected to be fully operational by July 1, 2017. For more information about NextRequest and the new public records request system, contact the City Attorney’s Office at 928-777-1257.