Housing Finance Agency

Compliance with Freedom of Information Law Requirements

The Housing Finance Agency (HFA) is a public benefit corporation that was created to finance low-income housing. Article 6 of the New York State Public Officers Law provides for public access to government records. The statute, generally referred to as the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), applies to any State agency, public authority and local government entity, with the exception of the Judiciary and the State Legislature. Under FOIL, HFA is required to make all eligible records available for public inspection or copying within certain time frames. We evaluated HFA’s compliance with these requirements and identified the need for certain improvements. For example, we found that HFA was not always timely in its response to FOIL requests. We recommended that certain actions be taken by HFA to improve its compliance with FOIL requirements.

For a complete copy of Report 2007-S-40 click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.