CCE Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences


Steven D. Zink

Committee Member

Marlyn Kemper Littman

Committee Member

George K. Fornshell


Prior to this study, no paradigm common among state governments regarding public policy principles on cost recovery for the dissemination of public information had been described. The study revealed that U.S. federal government policy has served as a model from which a majority of the states have proceeded. This study has compared the states with the federal government and with themselves to determine the policy boundaries. Themes from in the literature were presented and summarized, and measurable elements were isolated. Data from statutory, regulatory, and case law, and from explicit policy statements, were gathered and compared within graphical formats. A brief survey instrument was promulgated and results compiled for the more elusive internal policy articulations. The stated policies of the majority of the states were found to be somewhat less restrictive than the federal norm, while others are more restrictive or nearly absent, leaving decision-making to each separate agency. Commonalities were identified and the states ranked along a continuum from lesser to greater potential cost to the public. A nationwide perspective on this important public policy area has been revealed for the first time.

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