Note: This blog was almost entirely written as of 10:40 this morning. It is posted now with only a change in the second work of the blog title (it could be either Denied, Delayed, or Completed) and the link (or lack of one) in the last word of this blog in anticipation of receiving some communication from the NJ Government Records Access Unit (GRAU).
New Jersey has an Open Public Records Act that allows you to get immediate access to budgets, bills, vouchers, contracts (including collective negotiations agreements and individual employment contracts), and public employee salary and overtime information. For other records, like how much the New Jersey state Pension and Benefits Commissions has spent to date, it takes more time. A lot more time.
January 11, 2015: OPRA request
January 21, 2015: GRAU request for more time
January 28, 2015: GRAU request for more time
According to the FAQs for OPRA requests:
18. What happens if I cannot fulfill a request within the required time frame to respond?
Custodians may seek extensions of time beyond the seven (7) business day deadline for legitimate reasons (such as the record is in use or in storage). Custodians must notify the requestor in writing, within the statutorily mandated seven (7) business days and provide an anticipated deadline date upon which the records will be provided. The length of the extension must be reasonable under the circumstances. The Custodian’s failure to grant or deny access to the requested records by the extended deadline date results in a deemed denial of the request.
Today is the extended due date in the second GRAU letter for a response and in an email a few minutes ago I just got this response.