The definition of “public record” is extremely broad.
A record may be handwritten, typed, photocopied,
printed, microfilmed, an audio or video recording, or an electronic form
such as e-mail or a word processing document.
The Oregon Employment Department will provide public
records in the format in which they originally exist. The department is
not obligated to provide a public record in another form, such as taking
an audio recording and creating a written transcript. The department
will, however, provide records in an alternative format at no cost, if
necessary to provide reasonable accommodation to persons with
The department defines “at cost” as the actual cost of
materials, staff time, and any travel or other expenses incurred in
preparing and providing the records