As Connecticut works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff of the Freedom of Information Commission has begun returning to the Commission’s office on a limited basis.  However, the building continues to be closed to the general public.  During this time of reopening, a limited number of staff will work at the Commission’s office while others will continue to telework.   The Commission resumed its schedule of Regular Meetings on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.  Commission meetings will be conducted via telephone and teleconference until such time as restrictions allow a public meeting to be held at the Commission's offices.  Instructions for real-time public access to the Commission’s meetings will be published and included with each meeting agenda.   Additionally, a recording of each meeting will be posted on the Commission’s website.  Contested case hearings are being conducted remotely by telephone and videoconference. The Commission continues to accept appeals and engage in its ombudsman program. FOIC New Address Effective June 1, 2021 165 Capitol Ave, suite 1100, Hartford, CT 06106

About Us

NOTE:  Effective June 1, 2021, the Commission's address will be: 165 Capitol Ave., Suite 1100, Hartford, CT  06106  Phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.
The Freedom of Information Commission's mission is to administer and enforce the provisions of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act, and to thereby ensure citizen access to the records and meetings of public agencies in the State of Connecticut.
The FOI Commission hears complaints from persons who have been denied access to the records or meetings of public agencies in Connecticut. Any person denied the right to inspect, or to get a copy of a public record, or denied access to a meeting of a public agency, may file a complaint against the public agency within 30 days of the denial. The FOI Commission will conduct a hearing on the complaint, which hearing is attended by the complainant and the public agency. A decision is then rendered by the FOI Commission finding the public agency either in violation of the FOI Act or dismissing the complaint if the public agency is found not to have violated the FOI Act. If the public agency has violated the FOI Act, the FOI Commission can order the disclosure of public records, null and void a decision reached during a public meeting, or impose other appropriate relief. In many instances, a hearing is not necessary as the parties are able to resolve their differences with the assistance of an FOI staff attorney, who acts as an ombudsman.
The FOI Commission also conducts educational workshops and speaking engagements for public agencies throughout the State of Connecticut. For further information contact our office by phone (860-566-5682;Toll-free (CT only), 866-374-3617), fax (860-566-6474) or
The FOI Commission’s legal staff is authorized to represent the Commission in all matters affecting the Commission, and to defend Commission decisions that are appealed, in the superior and appellate courts.


  • Colleen M. Murphy - Executive Director and General Counsel 
  • Mary E. Schwind - Managing Director and Associate General Counsel
  • Thomas A. Hennick - Public Education Officer 
  • Kathleen K. Ross  - Attorney
  • Valicia Dee Harmon* - Attorney
  • Paula S. Pearlman - Attorney
  • Matthew D. Reed - Attorney
  • Danielle L. McGee - Attorney
  • C. Zack Hyde - Attorney
  • Cindy Cannata - Management Analyst
  • Wendy Paradis - Paralegal
  • Jennifer Mayo - Paralegal
  • Linda Fasciano - Administrative Assistant
  • Charla Vincent - Human Resources (FOIC & Ethics)
* Attorney Harmon speaks Spanish (Lcda. Harmon habla español)


  • Established - 1975
  • Statutory Authority - CGS Section 1-205
  • Authorized Number of Employees - 16
  • Structure - Appointed Commission
  • Number of Commissioners - 9
  • Recurring Operating Expenses:  $ 1,706,960 (FY 2021)