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Treasurer Fitzpatrick Announces Average Sunshine Request Initial Response Time of Less than One Day for Second Straight Year

Wednesday, July 14, 2021
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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick announced that for the second year in a row, the Treasurer’s Office average initial response time for Sunshine Requests was less a day. During the fiscal year that ended June 30, the Treasurer’s Office received 123 Sunshine requests. The average initial response time was 0.76 business days, a decrease from the previous year.

 

During FY2020, the Treasurer’s Office received 119 Sunshine Requests. The average initial response time was 0.94 business days, a rate of less than one day. During FY19, the Office received 99 Sunshine Requests and had an initial response time of 1.6 business days.

 

“Despite remote working and the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic, my Office reduced our already low response time. We are now responding to Sunshine Requests, on average, within hours of receiving them,” Treasurer Fitzpatrick said. “This timely response should let Missourians know how much my staff and I understand and value the Sunshine laws in our state and that we take our responsibility under those laws very seriously. This is what I want from government—transparency and quick response—and I am proud to meet these expectations.”

 

Treasurer Fitzpatrick is working to increase transparency across state and local governments, as well. In 2020, Treasurer Fitzpatrick announced the expansion of the Show-Me Checkbook to include local governments. There are currently 13 participating counties, with more in progress. He also facilitated aggregating state expenditures related to federal stimulus funding in one portal on the Treasurer’s Office website for Missourians to search. He recently expanded the portal to include information related to the American Rescue Plan.

 

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