Human Resource Management

Advanced Freedom of Information - How to Prepare Submissions for OIC

This one-day programme is for Freedom of Information Internal Reviewers and those in FOI bodies charged preparing submissions to the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) in cases of FOI external reviews. This course is an advanced programme that has been designed specifically for experienced Internal Reviewers and FOI practitioners in FOI bodies, with particular reference to the Civil Service, Local Authorities and the Health Sector.

It will address at an advanced level :-

  • the role of the Internal Reviewer and FOI body in external reviews;
  • the key ingredients of external review submissions;
  • interaction with the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) in the case of external reviews including statutory time limits;
  • the essential requirements of submissions to the OIC aimed at justifying the decision of a FOI body to refuse access to records.

The different harm and public interest tests in the exemptions listed below will be examined in detail together with recent Guidelines from the OIC on the exemptions in question. A number of examples of good submissions in external review cases will be discussed. Participants will be invited to share experience from any live or recent FOI external review cases with which they have been involved.

The OIC has agreed to make a short presentation on the day outlining what they require from FOI bodies in relation to FOI decisions and external review submissions.

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

Advanced Freedom of Information - How to Prepare Submissions for OIC

The day will be designed to be informal, interactive and very practical with plenty of opportunity for questions, discussion and debate.  The target audience for this programme is Internal Reviewers and/or very experienced FOI Decision Makers only.

The workshop will focus on the subtleties of the key exemptions FOI bodies are likely to use as they relate to the role of the internal reviewer and answering any questions the group may have on any aspect of FOI. 

Commences

2 May 2018 Bookings for this course close one week in advance of start date.

Duration

One Day

Fees & Enrolment

Fee: The cost of this one day course is €450 for Corporate Members of the Institute, €480 for others. Fee includes course material, lunch and refreshments each day.

Booking: Bookings must be received in writing using a booking form or the online booking option (see below).

All bookings will be confirmed via email.  Please send completed booking forms to:

Central Bookings Office
Institute of Public Administration
57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62
Tel: (01) 240 3666 | Fax: (01) 668 9135
Email: training@ipa.ie

All IPA courses are subject to minimum participant numbers.

Cancellation Policy: Please note, that in the event of a cancellation less than 48 working hours before the commencement of a course, a 15% cancellation fee will be charged.  Cancellation fee will also apply to non-arrivals on the day.

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The Programme

Advanced Freedom of Information - How to Prepare Submissions for OIC

This one-day programme is for Freedom of Information Internal Reviewers and those in FOI bodies charged preparing submissions to the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) in cases of FOI external reviews. This course is an advanced programme that has been designed specifically for experienced Internal Reviewers and FOI practitioners in FOI bodies, with particular reference to the Civil Service, Local Authorities and the Health Sector.

It will address at an advanced level :-

  • the role of the Internal Reviewer and FOI body in external reviews;
  • the key ingredients of external review submissions;
  • interaction with the Office of the Information Commissioner (OIC) in the case of external reviews including statutory time limits;
  • the essential requirements of submissions to the OIC aimed at justifying the decision of a FOI body to refuse access to records.

The different harm and public interest tests in the exemptions listed below will be examined in detail together with recent Guidelines from the OIC on the exemptions in question. A number of examples of good submissions in external review cases will be discussed. Participants will be invited to share experience from any live or recent FOI external review cases with which they have been involved.

The OIC has agreed to make a short presentation on the day outlining what they require from FOI bodies in relation to FOI decisions and external review submissions.

Who is this for?

This is an Advanced FOI Programme. The target audience is Internal Reviewers and/or very experienced FOI Decision Makers only.

Course Content

The following is a selection of areas that will be covered during the workshop discussions:

Detailed discussion of FOI Exemptions:

  • Section 28 - Meetings of Government
  • Section 29 - Deliberations of FOI bodies
  • Section 30 - Functions and negotiations of FOI bodies
  • Section 31 -  Parliamentary, court and certain other matters
  • Section 32 - Law, enforcement and public safety
  • Section 33 - Security defence and international relations
  • Section 34 -  Decisions pursuant to Sections 32/33
  • Section 35 - Information obtained in confidence
  • Section 36 - Commercially sensitive information
  • Section 37 - Personal information (and the link with Data Protection legislation)
  • Section 38 - Procedure for consulting with third parties (formal consultation process)
  • Section 39 - Research and natural resources
  • Section 40 - Financial and economic interests of FOI bodies
  • Section 41 - Enactments relating to non-disclosure of record
  • Section 42 - Restriction of Act

Note:-

Throughout the workshop reference will be made to key OIC decisions, the sections of the legislation they refer to and the learning to be taken from each decision.

Course Leader

This course will be delivered by Michael Hyland, IPA Associate and experienced FOI Trainer and Practitioner.  Michael has 20+ years experience in FOI and previously worked in the Department of Finance.

 

 

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