Despite assertions in the April 5th, 2016 letter I received from the NIGP’s legal counsel indicating that the Florida Open Records law does not apply to the non-profit organization, my research may suggest otherwise.
With regard to the NIGP’s annual compliance certification, it appears that before certain Florida agencies would submit their membership dues, the CEO (or an authorized signing officer), would have to sign a form certifying the NIGP’s compliance with the open records provision.
The above image is an excerpt from said form, in which the applicable rule is referenced.
In conjunction with my submission to the Florida Office of the Attorney General, in which I provided a copy of my original letter to the NIGP requesting copies of the forensic audit and related materials, as well as the letter I received from the NIGP’s legal counsel, I will also attempt to obtain a copy or copies of a fully executed version of the referenced form.
In the meantime, I have reached out to NIGP CEO Grimm to see if he would be willing to comment.
Once again, the whole purpose of this exercise is to obtain a copy of both the forensic audit and the corresponding recommendations by Florida-based PR firm Pierson Grant, regarding the NIGP’s Strategic Partnerships. (Note: refer to June 11th, 2015 Board Meeting Minutes image below.)
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