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OGIS Embraces Transparency

August 25, 2016 -- Conventional wisdom holds that one strategy for improving the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process is to routinely publish agency records that might be of interest to the public. Continue...

Both Trump and Clinton criticized for lack of transparency

August 25, 2016 -- The continued scrutiny over Hillary Clinton's emails is raising new questions about her candidness. Continue...

Shield laws and journalist’s privilege: The basics every reporter should know

August 25, 2016 -- A federal judge has ordered Glenn Beck to disclose the names of confidential sources he used in his reporting that a Saudi Arabian man was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing. Continue...

US Department of Labor: Delivering Value Consistent with Our Values

August 24, 2016 -- Over the last seven years, President Obama has been committed to building an economy where, if you work hard and play by the rules, you have a decent shot at success. Continue...

Ohioans will have a new alternative when trying to get public records

August 24, 2016 -- In little more than a month, Ohioans will have a new, cheap and quick appeals process to potentially leverage loose public records. Continue...

Missouri: Absentee ballot applications and their envelopes are public record, St. Louis judge rules

August 24, 2016 -- The St. Louis Election Board violated the law when it refused to provide copies of absentee ballot applications and ballot envelopes, a judge ruled Tuesday. Continue...

Pennsylvania launches new open data portal

August 23 2016 -- Pennsylvania has rolled out an interactive, open data portal where residents, researchers, media and app developers can easily access data sets from state agencies about mission-critical policies and programs. Continue...

Immigrant detainees in Georgia more likely to be deported than detainees elsewhere

August 23, 2016 -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained over 243,000 immigrants in Fiscal Year 2015 (FY 2015).1 Continue...

The White House is joining Data Foundation’s annual #opendata conference

August 23, 2016 -- Hey, federal open data enthusiasts — here’s one for you. Continue...

Watermelons and National Security: Protecting U.S. Foreign Intelligence Collection from Unnecessary Disclosure

August 22, 2016 -- In 1966, Congress enacted the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to create a legal regime under which the American public could gain access to information about its government’s activities. Continue...

Illinois: U. of C. researchers use data to predict police misconduct

August 22, 2016 -- In two Loop office buildings about eight blocks apart, a pair of University of Chicago research teams are analyzing big data to answer a thorny question that has become especially charged in recent months: Will a police officer have an adverse interaction with a citizen? Continue...

A bunch of #opengov groups are leading a California ‘database hunt’

August 22, 2016 -- The Data Foundation, the sister organization of the Data Coalition that launched this winter, is teaming up with the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Sunlight Foundation to hold a “California Database Hunt.” Continue...

Colorado lawmakers should stand up for open records

August 22, 2016 -- It should come as little secret to regular readers that governments often work to confound the public’s right to know when asked to make available information that might embarrass or cause them legal troubles. Continue...

Press Releases: Department Hosts Online Discussion of Draft Open Government Plan

August 19, 2016 -- Through August 31, 2016 the U.S. Department of State is conducting an online discussion between federal employees and the public on the initiatives proposed for inclusion in the State Department’s 2016 Open Government Plan. Continue...

Bloomberg Government: The changing role of the Chief Data Officer in state government agencies

August 19, 2016 -- The title of “Chief Data Officer” – once uncommon in state and municipal governments – is becoming less uncommon. And that’s a very good thing for public sector innovation. Continue...

Virginia: Secrecy, on infrastructure, and for corporate records, a focus in FOIA debate

August 19, 2016 -- A small committee going line-by-line through Virginia's open records laws decided to punt Thursday on a months-long effort to rein in one of the laws vaguest sets of rules. Continue...

Watchdog: Pentagon needs to update FOIA policies

August 19, 2016 -- The Department of Defense (DOD) needs to improve its policies on responding to public-records requests, according to a new inspector general report. Continue...

D.C., Md., Va. advocates oppose WMATA safety board secrecy

August 18, 2016 -- Transparency advocatees from D.C., Maryland and Virginia jointly urged legislators to ensure the public and news media have access to meetings and documents of the Metrorail Safety Commission proposed to oversee the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (“WMATA”). Continue...

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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 >>

Your NFOIC

The 2016 FOI Summit - Washington, D.C. October 7-8

The nation’s capital and the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Freedom of Information Act serve as backdrops for the 2016 FOI Summit. The NFOIC and the D.C. Open Government Coalition (DCOGC) will convene the summit on Friday and Saturday, October 7-8, 2016 at the Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, D.C. 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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