Oct 16, 2018 Last Updated 3:37 PM, Sep 25, 2018

The Minister of Finance & the Public Service

The Hon. Nigel Clarke, DPhil., MP...

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service

The Honourable Fayval Williams, MP, is Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. Minister Williams is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and h...

Financial Secretary (Acting)

Miss Darlene Morrison...

How should I articulate my request?

Your request must "reasonably describe" the records you are seeking. This means the description must be specific enough that a government employee familiar with the Public Authority's files will be able to locate the records within a reasonable amount of time and without an unreasonable amount of effort.

You don't have to explain why you want the information you are seeking - but this explanation might be necessary if you want the Public Authority to waive its fees or comply more fully with your request.

The more precise and accurate your request, the more likely you are to get a prompt and complete response

Make Requests For Personal Files As Specific As Possible

Be sure to include :

  • Your date and place of birth
  • NIS number or other identifier
  • Any previous names or nicknames
  • Any previous addresses
  • It can also be helpful to mention the nature of your relationship with the agency (former employee, participant in an agency program, etc.) Include the dates of your involvement.
  • You may want to state where you lived and/or were active - some files will only be available from an agency's field office. In this case, you should ask the agency to check the relevant field

NB Keep Records Of Your Verbal And Written Correspondence

Be sure to keep a copy of all correspondence to and from the Public Authority. You'll need it if you write an appeal or go to court later.

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