This post is an excerpt from GovLoop’s recent research guide, Achieving Compliance and Transparency in the Public Sector.
Complying with mandates like FOIA and other public-records compliance acts at the state and local levels is critical to the success of our democracy. But having an understanding and appreciation of open government does not change the fact that complying with these mandates is incredibly time- and cost-intensive.
Nevertheless, the public sector must rise to the challenge of providing public records in an efficient, transparent, effective and easy-to-access way. Technologies that can help ease these challenges include software originally intended for eDiscovery and review.
LexisNexis provides several tools that can help government at all levels do just that. With a long history of developing litigation workflow solutions, LexisNexis is now partnering with government agencies to apply the right mix of technologies to meet the challenge of responding to public-records requests. Its solutions – in particular, LAW® PreDiscovery and Concordance® – help agencies meet their openness responsibilities, while balancing the need for transparency with privacy and national security demands in times of austere budgets.