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 brick-and-mortar 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 may still be very 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. This often led to different people making the same request, which however small, still required the redundant work to respond. Over time, this adds up to significant wasted resources.

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.

Enter FOICH

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. You can take advantage of what your neighbors have already asked, for questions you may not have even known could be asked. You can submit your own documents to Foich, and allow all of your neighbors to gain from being able to read it. Instead of one to one, Foich enables a one-to-many model.

Foich is not just a website, it works best when its users also 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.