Private agency, public dollars-Virginia
|Common Definition Themes|
|These 5 characteristics tend to recur in most state definitions for private agencies which are subject to FOIA laws.|
|1.) Receive or dispense public funds:|
|2.) Created by a public agency:|
|3.) Present themselves as a public entity:|
|4.) Perform a public function:|
|5.) Controlled or managed by a public entity:|
=The legal history does not mention this characteristic or it has rejected this characteristic as a potential defining aspect.
=This characteristic alone is sufficient to bring an organization under the FOIA.
=This is a part of a compound definition requiring multiple characteristics. The numbers after the symbol indicate the additional requirements.
=This is a characteristic that has been mentioned within the legal history and may aid in deciding whether or not the FOIA law applies to an organization but is not a part of a specific definition.
The Virginia Freedom of Information Act includes in its definition of public body any "other organizations, corporations or agencies in the Commonwealth supported wholly or principally by public funds" and "any committee, subcommittee, or other entity however designated, of the public body created to perform delegated functions of the public body or to advise the public body". It also specifically mentions that the act shall not be construed so as to "exclude any such committee, subcommittee or entity because it has private sector or citizen members".
State of Virginia
|State executive officers||
Governor | Lieutenant Governor | Attorney General | Secretary of State | Treasurer | Auditor of Public Accounts | Superintendent of Public Instruction | Commissioner of Insurance | Commissioner of Agriculture | Secretary of Natural Resources | Commissioner of Labor and Industry | Chairman of State Corporation Commission |