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WA: Ex-Pacific County undersheriff suing for public records

September 28 -- Todd Fosse, the Pacific County undersheriff who was fired last year, has filed a lawsuit in Grays Harbor Superior Court against his former employer — Pacific County and the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office — and alleges the county failed to fulfill a public records request that may answer questions about his termination. Continue...

OK: Supreme Court declines to hear appeal in open records case; city will owe fees

September 28 -- On Sept. 12, the Oklahoma Supreme Court denied the City of Claremore’s petition to appeal a ruling that the city violated the Oklahoma Open Records Act. The city will now owe additional attorneys’ fees to the lawfirm of Ward, Lee & Coats, P.L.C. Continue...

NEFAC Announces Journalism Fellows for Sixth Annual New England First Amendment Institute

September 28 -- This three-day institute is open each year to 25 New England journalists and provides the support and training necessary to become accomplished investigative reporters, well-versed in the freedom of information laws that govern today’s difficult reporting landscape. Continue...

NC among states to limit access to police videos

September 27 -- In North Carolina — where Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot last week by Charlotte police — a new law takes effect Saturday that some experts say will make it more difficult for the public to see video shot by police. Continue...

IA: Can some police records be forever sealed?

September 27 -- The Department of Public Safety denied all or parts of 40 out of 59 record requests it received during the first six months of 2016, a Des Moines Register investigation found. And of the 40 denials, 28 were based on the investigative file exemption - regardless of whether the case is closed, remains under investigation, or went cold three decades ago. Continue...

Michigan House passes bills expanding state’s Freedom of Information Act

September 27 -- The Michigan State House of Representatives passed House Bills 5469-5478 on Wednesday to expand and strengthen the state’s existing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws by subjecting the offices of the governor and lieutenant governor to FOIA laws and creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA). Continue...

Press Release from DCOGC: Council To Comply With Court Overturning Denial of Citizen Request for Records of McMillan Reservoir

September 26 -- After three years and a losing court fight, the D.C. Council is nearing agreement on releasing records requested by activists concerning the controversial McMillan Reservoir development deal. Continue...

Press Release from DCOGC: Review of D.C. Office of Administrative Hearings Recommends Public Online Access to Dockets, Decisions

September 26 -- For 20,000 appeals filed each year from decisions in dozens of District agencies, from trash tickets to school suspensions, unemployment denials and Food Stamp or Medicaid errors, the only way to check on your case is by calling the clerk’s office at the central appeals office or visiting in person downtown at Judiciary Square—a special chore for the thirty percent of customers from Virginia and Maryland. Continue...

News and Updates from Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition

September 26 -- The most recent newsletter from the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (CFOIC) can be found here.

DC: Federal judge just disclosed how often law enforcement asked to secretly track electronic records

September 23 -- A federal judge released a list Wednesday of all sealed requests made in Washington in 2012 for Americans’ telephone and Internet activity, a step toward bringing more public scrutiny to rapidly expanding secret law enforcement activities. Continue...

Virginian-Pilot editorial: Celebrating 20 years of agitating for open government

September 23 -- Twenty years ago, facing a rash of legislation that would adversely affect the public’s right to know, a group of advocates, public officials, academics and other civic-minded citizens began working to develop an organization to give the cause of transparency greater voice in Virginia. Continue...

State Dept. slow to hire open records staffers despite flood of requests

September 23 -- This year, the State Department has been authorized to hire 25 new full-time staffers to work on processing requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). But only one has been hired, Obama administration lawyers disclosed in their filing this week. Continue...

Virginia Supreme Court to hear Daily Press appeal over court database

September 22 -- The Virginia Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal requested by the Daily Press in a yearlong dispute over whether the state’s Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court must release a database of court case information. Continue...

TX: Appeals court tosses UT regent’s lawsuit over admissions records

September 22 -- University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall Jr. has lost in court a second time, and perhaps for good, in his effort to gain access to confidential student information from an investigation of admissions irregularities. Continue...

House votes to expand Michigan FOIA law

September 22 -- The state House passed a package of bills Wednesday that for the first time in Michigan would subject the governor's office and the Legislature to state open records laws.  Continue...

SC: Judge deciding if Horry County should release files of former officers, records of sexual assault complaints against police

September 21 -- A circuit court judge will decide this week whether to force the Horry County Police Department to release the personnel files of two former officers to a lawyer representing a woman who has accused former detective Allen Large of sexual assault. Continue...

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FOI Summit Wrap-up and All Things Summit

2015 FOI Summit from Denver

NFOIC and co-sponsor Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition convened the 2015 FOI Summit on Friday, October 9th, and Saturday, October 10th in downtown Denver, Colorado. The FOI Summit features ideas, experiences and discussions about the latest issues and trends around freedom of information laws, policies and practices at the state and local levels across the nation. 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 > >


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 >>


The 2016 FOI Summit - Washington, D.C. October 7-8

The nation’s capital and the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Freedom of Information Act serve as backdrops for the 2016 FOI Summit. The NFOIC and the D.C. Open Government Coalition (DCOGC) will convene the summit on Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, 2016 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C. Learn more...

Knight, Columbia commit $60 million to launch digital-era First Amendment Institute

The Knight Foundation and Columbia University announced the creation of a new center that will use research, education, and litigation to advance First Amendment rights in the digital age. Learn more about the important announcement. 

About Your NFOIC

The National Freedom of Information Coalition protects the right to open government. We are a national, nonpartisan nonprofit 501(c)3 organization consisting of more than 40 state and regional affiliates, with a membership representing journalists and news media organizations, attorneys and law firms, educators, watchdog groups and individuals.

Our mission is to ensure openness, accessibility and transparency in government and public institutions.  Our primary focus is at the state and local levels.

NFOIC exercises advocacy, education and resolve. We are keenly aware of the challenges to access information in an increasingly digital world.

We strive to bridge the gap between the public and the written, verbal and increasingly digital information held by public officials that citizens are entitled to in our democracy.  NFOIC works as an intermediary to resolve conflicts between the public and their public institutions through collaboration and understanding of the challenges that create them and the solutions to resolve them.

We welcome your involvement and financial support as a member or donor to help advance our mission. We encourage you to also support your NFOIC state affiliate. Opinions, comments, suggestions and questions are always welcome. Please follow us on Twitter and “like” the cause of open government on Facebook. Read more about NFOIC...

  File and track FOI requests at NFOIC state and regional coalition sites using FOIA Machine

The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and FOIA Machine (FM) have teamed to help people file and track their FOI requests online through select NFOIC state and regional member web sites. Visitors to  NFOIC coalition web sites will be able to use FOIA Machine's technology to prepare, file and track their FOI request to public agencies at the local, state, or federal levels. More...

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