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Report Card investigations
The third type of systemic investigation that is undertaken by the Information Commissioner is the expanded report card process that collects and assesses data from selected government institutions on a host of performance-related variables. These expanded report card investigations allow the Commissioner to obtain early identification of problem areas such as: abuse of time extensions, inflation of fees, failure to document reasons for exemptions, overuse of exemptions, poor records management, failure to exploit opportunities for pro-active and informal disclosure, political interference, and insufficient resources and/or training.
In this reporting year, the Information Commissioner undertook follow-up investigations of government institutions who did not achieve ideal compliance last year, and a number of expanded report card reviews. The results of this year’s report card reviews are provided in Chapter II of this report.