Federal Way activates new software for public records

The city received a state grant of $26,455 for the implementation of the new public records software.

The city of Federal Way activated its recently purchased GovQA software on cityoffederalway.com for public records requests for both city and police department records on May 10.

On Feb. 6, 2018 the City Council authorized staff to apply for the Washington State Archives Local Records Grant for the implementation of new public records software. A total of 170 agency applications were received by the state in the second round of grant awards, requesting more than $2.8 million.

The city was notified on Oct. 1, 2018 of the grant award for the amount requested of $26,455. The grant does not require matching funds from the city.

GovQA is widely used by public agencies across the country and in Washington. The program will enable the user to create a personal account to submit and track a records request in real-time, with the ability to view the status of their request as it is being processed.

Users are then prompted by email notification to easily retrieve their records from the online portal.

The State of Washington Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee has imposed reporting requirements for jurisdictions in recent years. This software will ensure the city of Federal Way is in compliance with these mandates.

This software will provide access to records in accordance with the Washington State Public Records Act (Chapter 42.56 RCW), increase staff efficiencies and provide a more user-friendly environment for the requester seeking public documents, according to a city press release.

More in News

Scammers pose as Federal Way police, demand money from residents

Federal Way police will never call and demand money from people, FWPD says.

Police nab car thieves after pursuit

The following is a sample of the Federal Way police log.

Federal Way teen charged with vehicular homicide in death of elderly Tacoma woman

Justice Oates, 18, told detectives he fell asleep at the wheel after working long hours.

King County’s $5 million derelict boat problem

When a boat sinks, it costs a lot to bring it up, with millions being spent since 2003 on removals.

Burien man suspected of trying to pull Federal Way teen into truck charged with child luring

Couple who witnessed incident followed suspect to grocery store, took photo of his license plate.

Burglary suspect flees house when resident comes home for lunch

The following is a sample of the Federal Way police blotter.

Federal Way seventh-grader is classroom leader

Veronica Maldonado is this month’s Scholar of the Month from Kilo Middle School.

Susan’s quest for ‘justice’ and the civil legal system dilemma

While citizens have the right to an attorney in criminal cases, they’re not afforded the same rights in civil litigation.

Man opens fire at aggressive dog, accidentally shoots neighbor

The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

Most Read