Data Requests - Office of State Procurement
The Government Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13
) states that all government data are public unless a state or federal law says the data are not public. Government data is a term that means all recorded information the agency has, whether it is recorded on paper or in electronic form.
The Government Data Practices Act requires that agencies keep all government data in a way that makes it easy for the public to access public data; however, it does not require the department to create or collect new data in response to a data request, or to provide data in a specific form or arrangement if the agency does not keep the data in that form or arrangement.
There is no cost for inspecting files in our offices. Our laws and policies allow us to seek reimbursement of reasonable costs for responding to many kinds of data practices requests. You may be required to prepay for copies. Please review Data Practices Policy for Members of the Public
When you make a request, our staff may follow up with you to clarify the terms of your request, discuss alternative sources of the information, and explain potential costs.