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Appealing a Decision

If the government entity disagrees with your data challenge and determines that the data are accurate and/or complete, you can appeal that determination to the Commissioner of Administration. The Commissioner will determine if the appeal is within the authority under section 13.04.

How to File an Appeal

Your appeal must be in writing. You must provide the following information:

  • Date
  • Your name
  • Your mailing address
  • Optional – your phone number
  • Responsible authority’s (RA) name
  • Government entity name (i.e., the entity whose data you challenged)

State that you are appealing the determination of [name of RA] from [name of government entity] regarding your challenge to the accuracy and/or completeness of certain data.

Specifically identify the data you challenged as being inaccurate and/or incomplete.

Explain your dispute over the challenged data. State why you disagree with the RA’s determination about your data challenge.

Explain to the Commissioner of Administration what you want to happen because of your appeal. For example: Do you want the entity to delete data or remove data from its files? Do you want the entity to change or add data?

Enclose the following:

  • A copy of the disputed data,
  • A copy of your data challenge letter,
  • A copy of the RA’s determination, and
  • Copies of other relevant communication, if any, about your data challenge.

Where to Send Your Appeal Letter

Send your appeal letter to:

Commissioner of Administration
c/o Data Practices Office
201 Administration Building
50 Sherburne Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55155

You may also email your data challenge appeal to the Commissioner at info.ipad@state.mn.us.

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