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 scheduled to resume via telephone the week of August 17, 2020. The Commission continues to accept appeals and engage in its ombudsman program.



Attorney Ryan P. Barry has been a member of the Freedom of Information Commission since 2013, appointed to the Commission by the Speaker of Connecticut’s House of Representatives.  Ryan is the managing partner of the law firm of Ryan, Barall and Spinella, and is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and the University of Connecticut School of Law.  From 2003 to 2011, Ryan served as the state representative for the 12th Assembly District representing Manchester.