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Audit finds backlog in Tennessee open records office

The Associated Press • Dec 31, 2015 at 12:00 AM

NASHVILLE — An audit released Wednesday has found a state office that’s supposed to help people who are trying to access public records is lagging behind in responding to requests.

The Office of the Comptroller, which houses the Office of Open Records Counsel, issued the audit Wednesday.

The Tennessean said the audit found six requests haven’t received a response for 361 or more days, 153 requests have gone unanswered for at least six months and 128 waiting at least three months.

The office is supposed to be able to intervene and provide clarity about state records laws for citizens and public officials.

Office of the Comptroller spokesman John Dunn said demand has grown exponentially since the office was created in 2008. Dunn said the office has requested two new positions.

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