Foich began from the desire to be able to have easy access to public documents, and to take some of the burden off of tax-payer funded entities to make this information available. Foich is not associated with, receives no money from, and has no connections to any government agencies. It is completely volunteer run.

In the past, people who wanted to view public documents relating to the business of their local governments would have had to go to the local city physical offices, make a request, and then wait for it to be completed. Not everyone has this ability to make time for these activities, even though they are interested in finding out how their local government works. This process also took time, and the effort of government employees to accomplish. While this provided some transparency, it was still limited to an audience of one - the person making the request.

More recently, some government entities have been publishing their own public documents online, in order to reach a larger audience. However, if someone wanted to look into all of the many agencies they pay taxes on it could involve visiting dozens of different sites, with sometimes difficult and nearly impossible to navigate paths to find this information - if it was even being published at all.


Foich aims to centralize all of this information in one location in an easy to navigate format. With only a few clicks, you can now check on the business of the police department, and easily move over to the parks department.

Foich is not just a website, it works best when its users contribute. Anyone can volunteer and ask for documents from their local government agencies, and then have the documents published on FOICH. This enables not only a larger audience, but a much larger engagement of the people that it most effects.

While there are no requirements to contribute to the site in order to use it, we believe that enabling this form of active participation in local government is necessary for it to function as was fully intended.