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Sunlight Foundation: 7 ideas to make the Freedom of Information Act better

June 24 -- When Sunlight signed onto the 50 Days of FOIA campaign, we expected to be adding our voice and ideas to those of dozens of other open government allies pushing for Congress to pass legislative reforms to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Continue...

Sunlight Foundation: Congress commits to making deliberative decisions more transparent online

June 24 -- Yesterday at the 2016 Legislative Data and Transparency Conference, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan stood up and congratulated all of the people who have been working to open up the legislative branch of the United States to the public. Continue...

FDA Must List Withheld Documents on Ebola Drug Access, Court Says

June 24 -- The FDA must produce a list of the documents it's withholding on access to the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp so a federal district court can decide whether any of them should be released ( Goldwater Inst. v. HHS, D. Ariz., No. 2:15-cv-01055-SRB, 6/16/16 ). Continue...

LAPD Body Camera Deal Clears Key Hurdle

June 24 -- Los Angeles city lawmakers broke through a lengthy political logjam over police body cameras on Tuesday, clearing the way for a City Council vote on the costly initiative. Continue...

The Missourian's GEORGE KENNEDY: Freedom of information gets a boost from Congress

June 23 -- The Congress of the United States did a remarkable thing last week. Continue...

Ohio: More police body cameras bring public records issues

June 23 -- Government and reporters across Ohio are wading through uncharted technological waters as more body cameras pop up on uniforms amid allegations of police misconduct. Continue...

Massachusetts state Sen. Don Humason honored for promoting public transparency, open government

June 23 -- State Sen. Don Humason has been recognized by a national advocacy organization that promotes open government and public transparency for his legislative efforts in Massachusetts. Continue...

Alabama: Daily receives nearly 50 awards, places 1st for freedom of information

June 22 -- The Decatur Daily received nearly 50 awards, including two first-place awards for Freedom of Information, in two press competitions for stories, photographs, page designs and more published in 2015. Continue...

Culture jeopardizes open data's future beyond Obama — panelists

June 22 -- The problem with opening data is often a cultural one — not a technical one — a panel of open data experts said Monday at the AWS Public Sector Summit.  Continue...

What You Need to Know About the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016

June 22 -- On June 13, 2016, the House passed Senate Bill S.337, or the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, which had previously passed the Senate in early March by unanimous consent. Continue...

Delaware: Appealing Wilmington parking tickets is a pain. Can this FOIA request fix it?

June 22 -- Anyone who is a part of the driving population has experienced this: The crushing disappointment of approaching your car, only to see that dreaded white-and-blue slip with an envelope labeled “parking violation.” Continue...

Decisions by the Mayor on D.C. FOIA Appeals Now More Accessible

June 21 -- A decade of mayoral opinions on appeals of agency denials of public records requested under FOIA (2006-2016) are now available online. Continue...

Washington: Friday Harbor loca, John Geniuch honored for government service

June 21 -- The Law Office of Nicholas Power is pleased to announce that its client, Mr. John Geniuch, has been awarded the Washington Coalition for Open Government Key Award. Continue...

How Open Data Is Changing Chicago

June 21 -- United States cities collect data on everything from reported potholes to bus ridership to municipal workers’ salaries. Continue...

Orlando Shooter's Rants to Police Must Be Released, Transparency Experts Say

June 21 -- Federal officials professed a commitment to "the highest level of transparency possible" Monday after uncensoring two easy-to-guess names in the transcript of a 50-second call between Orlando mass murderer Omar Mateen and a 911 police dispatcher. Continue...

Wisconsin State agency withholds trove of prison records — from basic info to overdose video

June 20 -- Gov. Scott Walker's administration is keeping a trove of prison documents and videos to itself, preventing the public from examining information about alleged assaults, attempted suicides and the death of an inmate who allegedly overdosed on heroin. Continue...

House Joins Senate in Passing FOIA Bill

June 17 -- The House has joined the Senate in passing S-336, to compel agencies to respond more quickly and openly to Freedom of Information Act requests. Continue...

South Carolina: Police dash cam, FOIA bill dies in stalemate

June 17 -- Legislation to regulate the release of police dash cam video and to revise the state Freedom of Information Act has died after House and Senate negotiators could not agree to join the two bills. Continue...

Missouri bills limit access to some public records

June 17 -- Gov. Jay Nixon will decide in the coming weeks whether Missouri should restrict access to some public records. Continue...

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FOI Summit Wrap-up and All Things Summit

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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