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Ramsey receives TPA Open Government Award

July 25 -- The Tennessee Press Association has awarded three members of the state General Assembly its 2016 Open Government Award for their support of government transparency. Continue...

Op-Ed: Governments Are Better at Fiscal Transparency, but There's More to Do (Industry Perspective)

July 25 -- Since the federal Freedom of Information Act was enacted in 1966, transparency has become even more of a hot-button issue across the public sector. Continue...

Washington: Madore’s Facebook page raises questions

July 25 -- Clark County Councilor David Madore‘s preferred form of communication with constituents — his often controversial Facebook page — has raised questions about the county’s handling of public records. Continue...

D.C. Agencies' FOIA Performance Slips in 2015; Problems Especially For Requesters Seeking Police Records - New Report

July 25 -- Analysis of the 2015 data on over 70 D.C. agencies’ responses to requests for public records under the D.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows troubling trends, according to a new report just released. Continue...

Who Really Runs Your City?

July 22 -- Over the past decade, the city of Chicago has sold off more of its public infrastructure and services than any other city in the U.S. Continue...

Training will teach Kansans on open government laws

July 22 -- Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office and members of the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government will provide free training sessions on open government laws across the state next month. Continue...

Illinois OpenBook Lets Citizens Track Influence

July 22 -- Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger has launched a new effort that will allow citizens to compare campaign contributions and public contract awards online. Continue...

Help us show the power of FOIA!

July 21 -- As some of you might know, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) turned 50 this year! Continue...

Sunlight Foundation: Analyzing the state of cities' bulk data

July 21 -- We at the Sunlight Foundation are very interested in whether or not cities have open data — but what do we even mean when we say that data is open or not? Continue...

Delayed, Denied, Dismissed: Failures on the FOIA Front

July 21 -- This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act, which was designed to give the public the right to scrutinize the records of government agencies. Continue...

Virginia: Confusing "proprietary" FOIA exemption proves tricky to change

July 20 -- It seems that two and a half years may not prove enough time to coalesce Virginia's various ideas of what constitutes a trade secret into a single code section that clarifies, among other things, what documents companies that do business with the government can shield from public view. Continue...

Sarasota wins another open government lawsuit

July 20 -- A federal judge has denied the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida's request for records pertaining to the use of StingRay cellphone surveillance devices in the Sarasota area. Continue...

"Molly's Law" will open more public records to victims' families

July 20 -- Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a law that could help families fighting to learn the truth about the death of loved ones. Continue...

N.J. Supreme Court to decide if government metadata is public

July 19 -The New Jersey Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by an open-government activist who contends that the public should be allowed to view electronic data and metadata kept by local government agencies. Continue...

Virginia: New web app shows how your taxes are broken down

July 19 -- Tackling a county budget may seem daunting, but Smart Cville tactfully lays out Albemarle’s budget in a spread of colors with its new budget visualization tool that illustrates how your money helps the county. Continue...

Texas: Ethics and open government seminar to be held Wednesday

July 19 -- A training seminar on ethics and open government will be held in El Paso on Wednesday by the Austin-based Texas Center for Municipal Ethics. Continue...

Charges dropped against North Georgia publisher and his lawyer

July 19 -- The criminal charges against a Blue Ridge weekly newspaper publisher and his attorney, charges based on their attempts to access public records, were dropped Monday, putting to rest a case that riled media nationwide and stunned the legal community. 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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