Open Records

Georgia Open Records Act

The Georgia Open Records Act establishes the right to inspect and/or receive public records, excluding those records that are specifically exempted by court order or law. After receiving an Open Records Request, Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) will notify the requestor within three (3) business days if there are records responsive to the request and if the requested records  are subject to release. The response will be provided in written format and will be sent via email when possible.

The Georgia Open Records Act applies to existing records. It does not require an agency answer questions, create new documents or write new reports.

Responses and Fees

Responses shall include the cost to search, retrieve, copy, redact, and/or supervise inspection of the requested document(s). The cost represents the hourly rate of the lowest paid full-time employee who has the necessary skills and training to respond to your request.  There is no charge for the first 15 minutes. The fee for letter or legal sized copies is $0.10 per page. Other types of documents or electronic media are charged based upon the GOSA’s expense to reproduce the record. Where fees for certain records are otherwise prescribed by law, such specific fees shall apply. Payment is required upon receipt of the records.

Some records are not readily accessible. In these instances, a timeline will be provided as to when the records will be available.

How do I obtain public records?

Requests should be submitted to Joy Hawkins, Executive Director, via email [email protected].

The following information should be included with the request:

  • Full name
  • Mailing or email address
  • Telephone number

Upon submission of request, a confirmation receipt will be sent to the email address provided to GOSA. 


For More Information

Open Government – Attorney General of Georgia

A Citizen’s Guide to Open Government, Retrieved June 11, 2020 from