The VPA believes in the public’s right to know what its government is doing. One of the major ways both the press and citizens can keep tabs on their government is through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
FOIA is the bedrock of government transparency, both at the state and federal levels. It ensures the right to know. The first line of the Virginia FOIA reads: “The statute ensures citizen access, with certain exceptions, to records and meetings of state and local government.” It is that access to records and meetings that serve as pillars for a transparent and open government.