FOI and Open Government News

Texting during public meetings raises questions

14 April 2014 - So, is it proper for lawmakers to converse with one another, their family or constituents via text during a public meeting? The answer appears to depend upon the message, open government proponents say, although getting to the message is quite another problem. Continue>>>

New law would require open records compliance for N.Y. agencies

14 April 2014 - A study by The Ithaca Journal of 86 New York state agencies, published in a March 15 Watchdog Report, found 79 agencies were not in compliance with that part of the law. Continue>>>

Editorial: Championing transparency - Open government is good government, and it starts with elections

14 April 2014 - Secretary of State Ross Miller has found himself oddly under fire for aggressively upholding campaign disclosure laws, odd because some of his critics are self-professed champions of government transparency. Continue>>>

International: Impact of open government data to be discussed at forum

14 April 2014 - “The forum’s key topic revolves around the open data policy and how to allow it to customers in seamless and easy-to-use methods through making all elements and information available within a framework of content that is open for the public to use and reuse, leveraging thereby their level of knowledge and expertise.” Continue>>>

Ruling issued in Iron County (MT) FOIA case

14 April 2014 - ICMCF's attorney Kenneth Lane had claimed that resident Patrick Ward's prolific FOIA requests to the facility, which amounted to about one per day, were "overly broad" and "overly burdensome." As a result, he advised ICMCF to discontinue responding to the requests. Continue>>>

The World Bank surveys the globe on open government

14 April 2014 - The World Bank asked 63 national the fundamental question: Do citizens perceive their governments to be open, as well as why, and how they want government to be more open. Continue>>>

The FOI Loophole: Third-Party Contracts

11 April 2014 - The University of Connecticut and Webster Bank case highlights questions that journalists must grapple with in the age of rising higher-education costs and the virtual arms race among universities to outspend one another in their efforts to attract the nation’s best and brightest. 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 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.
 

Heroes of the 50 States

Do you know a "hero" for open government advocacy and accomplishments? Nominations for The State Open Government Hall of Fame are being accepted between now and June 30th, 2014.  Learn more about how to nominate or apply.

FOLLOWING THE MONEY 2014 - How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data

This report, 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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