FOI and Open Government News

US Won't Reveal Records on Health Website Security

20 August 2014 - After promising not to withhold government information over "speculative or abstract fears," the Obama administration has concluded it will not publicly disclose federal records that could shed light on the security of the government's health care website because doing so could "potentially" allow hackers to break in. Continue>>>

Ohio gubernatorial candidates aren’t that transparent in running government

20 August 2014 - Smith is just one of several experts who spoke with The Dispatch who said transparency is not an issue either candidate can win with in the 2014 governor’s race because neither has much he can point to in his favor. Continue>>>

Revising FOIA for Improved Access to Government Information

20 August 2014 - The impact and value this legislation would have are difficult to measure; however, it is widely seen as further eroding the existing roadblocks to accessing government information. Continue>>>

Wisconsin media, cities compromise on open records

20 August 2014 - Wisconsin open records advocates and municipal leaders have brokered a truce in a fight over police record redactions, creating a request form that allows the public to get clean copies if they reveal who they are and why they want the documents. Continue>>>

N. Y. Court Casts Sunlight on Prison Reform Reports

20 August 2014 - Unconstitutional conditions in the state prisons prompted Attorney General Eric Holder to file a 2009 complaint in Buffalo against Erie County. Officials "repeatedly and consistently disregarded known or serious risks of harm to inmates," including sexual abuse from guards, excessive force, infectious diseases and placing prisoners in cells with "multiple means for committing suicide," the lawsuit said. Continue>>>

DemocracyOS promotes civic engagement on both sides

20 August 2014 - In part two of my interview with Mancini, she discusses the challenges DemocracyOS faces and how her organization, Democracia en Red, is working to overcome them in Argentina. Continue>>>

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FOI Summit Wrap-up and All Things Summit

2013 FOI Summit from New Orleans, LA

While the 2013 FOI Summit in New Orleans is now complete, we have a few things left to share. Obviously, any endeavor of this nature takes a lot of work and a lot of cooperation, and we could not do it ourselves. 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

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 >>

NFOIC News

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 scheduled for October 23-24 in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. This year's Fall summit is hosted by the Florida First Amendment Foundation. The annual meeting brings together state and regional FOI coalitions and friends of open government.  Tom Blanton, Director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University is the keynmote speaker. An early bird registration fee of $100 is available now until September 23rd ($125 after). Information on previous annual FOI summits can be viewed here. Learn more...

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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