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A year after a policy update, NYC grapples with 'the next level' of open data

July 29 -- A year after updating its open data policy, New York City is pushing ahead with plans to automatically refresh more of its data sets and tie public records requests to the open data process — moves hailed by open government advocates, even as some worry about the data’s quality. Continue...

Op-Ed: Court wrong to make police mugshots private

July 29 -- This month, the U.S. Freedom of Information Act turned 50. But the passage of time has not slowed the pace of threads toward it and, transitively, toward the American public. Continue...

Municipal Analytics, the Startup Way

July 29 -- One of the great promises of open government this decade has been that it can serve as a catalyst for a new civic-centered “innovation ecosystem.” Continue...

State Department Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report - 2016

July 29 -- On July 28, 2016, the State Department released the 2016 Fiscal Transparency Report pursuant to section 7031(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2016 (Div. K, P.L.114-113) (“the Act”). Continue...

Tim Kaine's Position on Open Government

July 28 -- Now that Senator Tim Kaine has joined the presidential ticket, his long public career is receiving new scrutiny. Continue...

Proposed rule: Wyoming to charge for public records access

July 28 -- Wyoming state government is considering a proposed rule to allow state agencies to charge the public for staff time required to respond to requests to inspect electronic records. Continue...

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signs law boosting fines for FOIA non-compliance

July 28 -- A new state law will make it expensive for local governments that choose not to comply with orders to turn over documents ruled public under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Continue...

Straight Talk from Staffers on the Growing Congressional IT Crisis

July 28 -- Are you better off now than you were three years ago? If you work in the U.S. Congress, probably not. Continue...

Colorado Transparency News

July 27 -- View highlights from the blog and news feed from Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition here.  Continue...

How an open data blogger proved the NYPD issued parking tickets in error

July 27 -- Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg once called the New York Police Department “the seventh biggest army in the world”. Continue...

In San Diego, push to include city workers' private devices under public records law fails

July 27 -- A yearslong push in San Diego to include city workers’ use of private devices for government business under the state’s public records law just hit another major snag, frustrating open government advocates and city lawmakers. Continue...

OGIS Releases Assessment of Secret Service FOIA Program

July 27 -- Today we are releasing a report on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program at the United States Secret Service (USSS), the fifth in our series of assessments of FOIA programs at components of the Department of Homeland Security. Continue...

NEFAC Cautions Maine CDC on Dangers of Proposed Health Data Disclosure Restrictions

July 26 -- The New England First Amendment Coalition urged the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention today to reconsider proposed policy changes that would severely curtail the right of Maine residents to know the location of disease outbreaks in their communities. Continue...

Roll Over: Charlottesville Reluctantly Reveals Attorney Wolf’s Hourly Rate

July 26 -- Just days after threat of legal action by The Schilling Show and attorney, Matt Hardin, Charlottesville City Hall has released an un-redacted copy of attorney Tom Wolf’s contract. Continue...

Chief FOIA Officers Council meets for the first time

July 26 -- The Chief FOIA Officers Council, charged with addressing the most important difficulties in administering FOIA across government, met for the first time July 22 to begin the process of implementing a “release to one is a release to all” standard for federal records. Continue...

Ramsey receives TPA Open Government Award

July 25 -- The Tennessee Press Association has awarded three members of the state General Assembly its 2016 Open Government Award for their support of government transparency. Continue...

Op-Ed: Governments Are Better at Fiscal Transparency, but There's More to Do (Industry Perspective)

July 25 -- Since the federal Freedom of Information Act was enacted in 1966, transparency has become even more of a hot-button issue across the public sector. Continue...

Washington: Madore’s Facebook page raises questions

July 25 -- Clark County Councilor David Madore‘s preferred form of communication with constituents — his often controversial Facebook page — has raised questions about the county’s handling of public records. Continue...

D.C. Agencies' FOIA Performance Slips in 2015; Problems Especially For Requesters Seeking Police Records - New Report

July 25 -- Analysis of the 2015 data on over 70 D.C. agencies’ responses to requests for public records under the D.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows troubling trends, according to a new report just released. Continue...

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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 > >


About NFOIC

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 >>

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Nominations sought for the State Open Government Hall of Fame "Heroes"

The State Open Government Hall of Fame is open to anyone who has made a substantial, sustained and lasting contribution to open government or freedom of information within one particular state. Nominations are accepted until July 15th. 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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