FOI and Open Government News
Government Websites in 5 Cities and Counties Win Vision Internet “What’s Next” Awards for Online Innovation
29 July 2014 - Vision Internet, innovators in online government, today announced the winners of its inaugural “What’s Next” Awards competition, which recognizes local government websites for excellence in five categories: transparency, citizen engagement, online innovation, green gov and visual impact. Continue>>>
July 29 2014 - “The battle against government secrecy is a lifelong fight that many appreciate yet few actually wage,” Kathi Bearden, FOG president, said. “When you’re in it for the long haul, you’d better have a sharp intellect and a great sense of humor." Continue>>>
29 July 2014 - Given that the federal government is now the single largest producer, collector, consumer and disseminator of information in the U.S., there is no doubt that it’s time to review policies and procedures of information communication and dissemination to determine a real-time approach to information management. Continue>>>
29 July 2014 - Gov. Pat Quinn recognized the steep downward slope on which such a tweak would have perched Illinois’ open records law last week when he vetoed a legislative plan to give municipalities more leeway in answering some requests for information. Continue>>>
29 July 2014 - And it occurred to me that this might be a good time to review the job we assign to courts in our system of government. Continue>>>
29 July 2014 - I asked the Department of the Army for records of a government contractor who had been blacklisted in April for some kind of violation. The story so far: Continue>>>
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FOI Summit Wrap-up and All Things Summit
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 > >
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2014 NFOIC Annual Conference/FOI Summit is moving to the Fall
SAVE THE DATE: Oct. 23-24
The National Freedom of Information Coalition's annual conference and FOI summit is moving to the fall this year. Hosted by the Florida First Amendment Foundation, this year's annual meeting for state and regional coalitions and friends of open government is scheduled for October 23-24 in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. Details and additional conference information coming soon. If you want to receive notifications or are interested in attending, please send us your email address and we will keep you informed. Information on previous annual FOI summits can be viewed here.
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.