2014 - Brazilian Audit by Artigo 19

The report "Monitoreamento da Lei de Acesso a Informação Pública 2014", presents the results from an audit of active and passive transparency conducted by Artigo 19 (Article 19) between November 2014 and March 2015. In this study, 51 Brazilian public entities were evaluated based on 6 criteria of information published on websites, and the responses from 5 information requests.
Number of Agencies Audited (Active): 
51
Compliance Level: 
Compliance levels are reported by information category and type of entity
Country: 
Brazil
Region: 
Latin America - Caribbean
Number of Requests: 
255
Audit type: 
Active and Passive
Authors: 
Artigo 19
Year That FOIA Took Effect: 
2012
Year of The Audit: 
2014
Methodology: 

For the active transparency evaluation, 6 categories of information published were taken into account: Institutional information, popular participation, executive-budget content, programs and projects, list of confidential documents, and FAQ.  These categories were then divided into 11 sub-items.  The sub-items were assessed using two types of classification: "fulfilled" or "did not meet" requirements of compliance with the Acess to Information Law (LAI). In order for a sub-item to be considered complete, the information had to be found within three clicks.

For the passive transparency evaluation, requests were sent in May to each of the institutions that were evaluated and included questions about: budget justifications, confidential documents, and popular participation. The they evaluated the type of response (full access, partial access, information unavailable, access denied, or unanswered), the quality of the response (successful, incomplete, or inadequate justification), ability to meet deadlines, and the handling of identification protocols to track the response progress.
 

Number of Responses: 
174
Number of Partial Responses: 
59
Denials (Written or Oral): 
14
Mute Denials: 
5
Appeals: 
Yes
Requests: 
Request Summary: 

Institutional budget planned and executed from January to September 2014.

Request Summary: 

Number of information requests denied between January and September 2014 and justifications for denying them.

Request Summary: 

List of confidential documents by levels of confidentiality.

Request Summary: 

Mechanisms for popular participation and methods of disseminating them during 2013.

Request Summary: 

Minutes and attendance lists of public hearings held in 2013.

Number Of Agencies Audited (Passive): 
51
Author Type: 
NGO
Audit Created By FGV: 
No
Audited Institutional Power or Type of Entity: 
Audited Levels of Government: 
Distribution of Requests: 

5 requests were sent to each entity.