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 review the appeal for completeness and determine whether the appeal is within the authority under section 13.04.
Please note: All data submitted to the Commissioner of Administration during the data challenge appeal process are presumptively public unless/until your appeal is referred to the Office of Administrative Hearings and an Administrative Law Judge issues a protective order. A protective order is not granted in every case.
How to File an Appeal
Your appeal must be in writing. Click here for an appeal template you may use to ensure you submit all necessary information.
You must provide the following information:
- 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
320 Centennial Office Building
658 Cedar St.
St. Paul, MN 55155
You may also email your data challenge appeal to the Commissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org.