FOI and Open Government News
4 March 2014 - Odessa, Texas did its best to suppress a request for emails between city employees and American Traffic Solutions (ATS) by allowing the vendor to argue it was exempt from handing over the documents. Continue>>>
4 March 2014 - Considered a form of bolstering public confidence in governance, (transparency) has been proposed by optimists as the solution to what is considered one of the most impalpable problems plaguing democratic governance: increasing mistrust of the government on the part of citizens. Continue>>>
4 March 2014 - Some state employees will soon have to move to another building — but there’s one thing they won’t be allowed to bring with them: paper. Continue>>>
4 March 2014 - The bills also set up a method for law enforcement to obtain the records if it's needed for investigation purposes, although the bill says they would have to detail "reasonable suspicion" before they could gain access. Continue>>>
4 March 2014 - The people's right to know is, like "the spirit of scientific inquiry," a "search for the truth," wrote Herbert Brucker in his 1949 groundbreaking book "Freedom of Information." Continue>>>
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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 >>
Sunshine Week is March 16-22. Join NFOIC and its members to recognize and celebrate this year's national event. Advocates of government transparency and FOI including journalists, lawyers, government watchdogs, and nonprofit organizations will bring attention to this important and critical component of democracy and citizen participation. Learn more about how you and your organization can participate at the national, state or local level.
"Show Us the Subsidized Jobs" report rates the reporting practices of 246 key state economic development subsidy programs
30 January 2014 - Nonprofit, nonpartisan Good Jobs First releases its report, Show Us the Subsidized Jobs. This is the third report from the Washington D.C.-based research center on the level of transparency shown by state governments in disclosing about their development programs offering taxpayer-funded job subsidies. Continue>>>
Know a "hero" for open government advocacy and accomplishments? Nominations for The State Open Government Hall of Fame are being accepted between now and March 23, the end of Sunshine Week 2014.Find out how to nominate or apply.