FOI and Open Government News
21 April 2014 - "Trust us," these officials say. We know what’s best. These warring points of view play out in nearly every session of the Florida Legislature. Continue>>>
21 April 2014 - In denying access to the library's ledgers, the trustees and Galante have once more asserted that, as a nonprofit organization, the library is beyond public accountability. Continue>>>
21 April 2014 - Although the details can understandably be confusing to the average American, the Internal Revenue Service stands accused of using a Nixon-style enemies list to go after political opponents of the Obama administration. Over the past year, the agency has been less than forthcoming if not stonewalling in producing documents related to the scandal. Continue>>>
21 April 2014 - Though officials post a good deal of public information on Maryland's StateStat database, advocates of open government say that data can be hard to evaluate, search and use because it is not formatted in a way that computers can easily scan. Continue>>>
21 April 2014 - The FOIL request comes on the heels of the IDA's decision to grant the developer, Wilmorite, a 25-year tax abatement for the $60 million SUNY New Paltz project, a move the town board has opposed. Continue>>>
21 April 2014 - The state’s law on closed meetings says bodies may gather in executive session to discuss “matters concerning litigation to which the body is a party.” This was not that. Continue>>>
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FOI Summit Wrap-up and All Things Summit
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
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 >>
Kenneth F. Bunting
1948 - 2014
The NFOIC is sad to report that former NFOIC Executive Director Ken Bunting died in Columbia, MO Sunday following a heart attack. He was 65. Bunting, a distinguished career journalist and former associate publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, served as NFOIC’s executive director from 2010 until earlier this year. Even after he left, he continued to support NFOIC, helping to connect people looking for FOI help and reminding us of pending deadlines and First Amendment news stories of note. He was a strong voice for FOI and government transparency and a great advocate for state coalition groups trying to fight off encroachments on their open government laws. The NFOIC will miss his voice. Survivors include his wife and a son. (More on Ken can be read at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.)
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.
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.