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CSU eyes restrictions to state open records law

Oct. 5 — The Colorado State University System may propose changing the state’s open-record policy to honor only requests made by Colorado residents. Continue...

Outside groups playing bigger role in 2015 state elections

Oct. 5 — Political groups are playing a much larger role in state elections than a year ago, data shows. Continue...

Florida bill targets type of public records lawsuit

Oct. 5 — Florida lawmakers are poised to make another attempt at limiting the lucrative industry of suing for public records. Continue...

Washington's open meetings law doesn't stop informal meetings, court rules

Oct. 5 — The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that a small group of San Juan County council members did not violate the open public meetings law by meeting informally with county officials and employees. Continue...

New Automated Program Launches for FOIA Requests

Oct. 5 — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced the launch of FOIAXpress software to process and track Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and appeals. Continue...

Supreme Court testimony: Records rules for the state judicial branch ‘do not inspire trust’

Oct. 2 — The Colorado Supreme Court heard Thursday from a state lawmaker and members of the public who are concerned about proposed regulations that will govern access to the administrative records of the Colorado Judicial Branch. Continue...

Arkansas judge dismisses complaint against schools over mascot

Oct. 2 — A Sebastian County judge on Thursday ruled that the Fort Smith School District and its School Board were in compliance with the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, stating that the district properly alerted the public in advance of a meeting. Continue...

In Connecticut, open government foes are winning

Oct. 2 — With eroded powers and under continuing attack, Connecticut's first-of-a-kind Freedom of Information Act turns 40 on Thursday. Continue...

Santé Fe Reporter: Faux transparency

Oct. 2 — About two years ago, Hanna Skandera, then secretary-designate of the New Mexico Public Education Department, started repeating a number. Under the state’s old teacher evaluation system, she would say over and over again, 99 percent of teachers were considered competent. Continue...

FOIA debate continues in Cleveland

Oct. 2 — Mayor Rick Lindell said Thursday he will call trustees to set a meeting later this month on finances. Continue...

Open gov advocates face obstacles when publishing state codes

Oct. 1 — Transparency advocates in the U.S. are facing legal obstacles to moving state codes online. Continue...

Covert electronic surveillance prompts calls for transparency

Oct. 1 — Law enforcement officials across the U.S. have become enamored of the StingRay, an electronic surveillance device that can covertly track criminal suspects and is being used with little public disclosure and often under uncertain legal authority. Continue...

Make Iowa juvenile court records private, group told

Oct. 1 — The court records of convicted juveniles in Iowa should be confidential and unavailable for public review, according to a state group studying policy reforms. Continue...

Sunlight Foundation: Why should cities have an open data policy?

Oct. 1 — As more cities break into the world of transparency, policy remains an important piece of the open data puzzle. Continue...

Study: Ohio Supreme Court most often rules against open records

Oct. 1 — The Ohio Supreme Court, which serves as the ultimate referee in fights for public records, most often sides with the government, analysis shows. Continue...


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FOI Summit Wrap-up and All Things Summit

2014 FOI Summit from St. Petersburg

Held Oct. 23-24 at the incredible Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the annual conference showcased ideas and insights on FOI, transparency, open government and open data. Read more about the events and important discussions that occurred. Note: Make plans for the 2015 FOI Summit in Denver, October 10-11. Continue>>>

Knight FOI Fund

About the Knight FOI Fund

The Knight FOI Fund offers financial support in open government lawsuits, fueling and assisting the pursuit of important FOI cases. The need arose from the realization that the economic crisis and the evolution of the news media has resulted in declining levels of FOI advocacy. Continue > >

Who We Are & What We Do


We are a nonpartisan alliance of state and regional affiliates promoting collaboration, education & advocacy for open government, transparency and freedom of information. We award grants, publish FOI and FOIA news, provide transparency education and support to state and local governments, supply state sample FOIA request letters and Federal FOIA request letters. Continue >>


2015 FOI Summit Announced

Join the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition for the 2015 FOI Summit on Friday, October 9th, and Saturday, October 10th at The Curtis hotel in downtown Denver, Colorado. Continue>>>

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NFOIC and SPJ to combine war chests to fight for FOI

The Society of Professional Journalists and the NFOIC are joining forces – and legal war chests –  to help citizens and journalists fight for public records. The two groups will band together to help litigants who sue for access to government information. The NFOIC can provide court fees and SPJ help for attorney fees. Both organizations also will use their combined national networks of journalists and citizens to apply public pressure to government agencies that flaunt the law. Continue>>>

Sunshine Week 2015 is a success!

NFOIC and state and regional affiliate members recognized annual event and its importance to our democracy.

NFOIC and its state and more than 40 regional affiliate members welcomed the 10th anniversary of Sunshine Week 2015. Our Sunshine Week web page along with the many events and programs offered by state and regional coalitoin members provided information and education about his important event. NFOIC joined the national effort to bring more openness and transaprency to local, state and federal governments. 

NFOIC FOI training proposal receives Knight Foundation grant


October 2014 - The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) has been awarded a Knight Prototype Fund grant to create pilot projects aimed at developing open government training modules for public officials and records custodians, particularly in states where open government training is mandated. Continue...

NFOIC and Knight FOI Fund contributes to successful litigation for news media coalition 

Using a litigation grant from the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s Knight FOI Fund, a coalition of news media companies –the Carroll County Times, Washington Post, Baltimore Sun and Scripps Media’s WMAR-TV—successfully challenged the Carroll County (MD) Board of Commissioners under Maryland’s Public Information Act (MPIA).

County commissioners were ordered by a judge to produce all email distribution lists that they use to send messages to select groups of their supporters. The lawsuit began after a February 2013 request to the commissioners by Carroll County Times journalist, Christian Alexandersen, for copies of the commissioners' email distribution lists. Continue>>>

NFOIC/MLRC Open Government Survey

NFOIC’s third biennial joint survey with the New York-based Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) showed a continuation of trends that are troubling to open government advocates. Just as similar informal surveys in 2009 and 2011 had, the 2013 Open Government Survey found a substantial decline over the last two to five years in the amount of resources devoted by media organizations to FOIA and open government issues.

FOLLOWING THE MONEY 2014 - How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data

U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s fifth annual evaluation of state transparency websites finds that states are making progress toward comprehensive, one-stop, one-click transparency and accountability for state government spending. Over the past year, new states have opened the books on public spending and several states have adopted new practices to further expand citizens’ access to critical spending information. 

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