Below is a press release from the Governor's Office last night regarding Executive Order 2020-38. A link to the full executive order is here.

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-38, which relaxes requirements for responding to FOIA requests made by mail or fax during the COVID-19 emergency. This action will protect workers who handle FOIA requests by allowing public bodies to defer portions of requests that would require workers to report to work in-person. The Executive Order takes effect immediately and ends at 11:59 p.m. on June 4, 2020.

Under the Executive Order, a public body must respond to a request received at its physical office via U.S. mail or fax within 10 business days after an employee receives and views the request. If a request requires a search of physical records it will be deferred until after the state of emergency and disaster declared in Executive Order 2020-33 is lifted. 

The Executive Order also requires public bodies to communicate in writing with the person filing the request if they are unable to fulfill the request without a search of physical public records. The person filing the request then has the option to amend their request to include electronic records only. If a public body is unable to fulfill a request in the timeframe they specified because of remote work and social distancing, then a written notice will be sent to the person filing the request to explain why there is a delay.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request Form

View Oakland Township's FOIA policy summary here
View Oakland Township's FOIA policy here.

FOIA requests may be emailed to foia@oaklandtownship.org. To ensure a prompt response, requests should contain the term "FOIA" or "FOIA Request" in the subject line.

View Oakland Township's FOIA Excess Fee Appeal form here.
View Oakland Township's FOIA Denial of Records Appeal form here.

Please contact the Clerk's office at 248-651-4440 with any questions.