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Use our letter generator to kickstart your request

Are you looking for a government report, briefing note or dataset? We’ve pre-written letters for some of the most commonly-requested records. Once you’ve filled out a template, copy the text and paste it into an online request form or mail it to the public body of your choice. For questions about the FOI process, consult our guides. You can also browse examples of FOIs filed by Globe journalists.

Expense reports offer a wealth of information on how elected officials and public servants are spending taxpayer money. Expense FOIs don’t need to name a specific person – you could instead ask for all expenses claimed by staff in a mayor’s office, for instance. In larger public bodies, expenses for senior public servants and politicans may already be public, but this isn’t always the case.

To whom it may concern,

This is a request under this jurisdiction’s freedom of information legislation for records held by .

I’m seeking copies of all expense reports associated with between , and , including (but not limited) to flights, accommodations, meals, gifts, speaking engagements and other remunerations. Exclude duplicates.

I would like this information sent electronically.

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