ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An audit by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government found it took anywhere from two days to several weeks for many government offices in the state to fulfill public records requests and more than a dozen failed to respond at all.
The open government advocacy group released the findings of its audit Tuesday. It marked the foundation’s first public records audit in four years.
The group — through a private citizen — filed requests under the Inspection of Public Records Act to gauge the responsiveness, attitudes and practices of more than 120 state agencies and boards and the state’s 33 counties.
The audit focused on the logs of all the record requests that had been submitted to the offices between 2014 and 2016. Not all agencies — including the governor’s office — keep such logs.