The relevance of the rights of access and challenge to the principle of accountabilityin government, to efficient achievement of management goals and to a public sense ofsocial justice is recognized in a 1970 report made by the Project SEARCH group to theJustice Department. That report called for a citizen's right to access and challenge tocertain law enforcement records, but it stated the following reasons for its conclusionswhich the committee finds worthy of general application:
The Committee does not, therefore, mean to relieve any administration officials ofresponsibility for promoting the purpose of this subsection. We are aware of theavailability of administrative and technological means of promoting this purpose, and aremindful, in particular, of Justice Department technical reports by the Project SEARCHGroup and reforms effected by law in the computerized information systems of the States ofNew York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and others.
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