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D.C. Private School Voucher Program Lacks Sunshine

July 19, 2017 - In an unusual 1900-word story beginning on the Metro section front page and continuing almost a full page inside, Washington Post reporters Mandy McLaren and Emma Brown on Saturday (July 15) sketched a little known education program, under a (print) headline “the opacity of school choice” and highlighted in the opening text the gaps in public information about the schools involved...Read more...

Nominations sought for the State Open Government Hall of Fame

July 19, 2017 - Nominate your favorite advocate for open and transparent government! Read more...

Registration now open for 2017 FOI Summit

July 19, 2017 - Join us October 13 - 14th in Nashville, Tennessee for the annual FOI Summit! Read more...

Pennsylvania: Gov. Wolf OKs Bill Removing Police Videos from Open Records Law

July 10, 2017 - A new Pennsylvania law exempts police audio and video recordings from the state’s Right-to-Know Law, leaving the release of those records largely to the discretion of police. Read more...

Louisiana: Independent wins 2017 Freedom of Info Award from LPA

July 10, 2017 - This weekend in Biloxi, Miss., the Louisiana Press Association bestowed its highest honor, the Freedom of Information Award, on The Independent for its investigative work into the shenanigans of Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope...Read more...

Veterans Affairs fires more than 500 feds under Trump, even before new accountability law

July 10, 2017 - The agency that has been the main target of efforts to fire feds faster dismissed more than 500 employees this year — even before a new accountability law took effect. Read more...

D.C. Police Rebuff the Legislative Auditor, Refuse Again to Release Report on Police Action At Inaugural Protests

July 10, 2017 - The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the D.C. Council’s auditor are stalemated in a battle of wills over release of a report on police use of special equipment, especially at 12th and L Streets and Franklin Square Park, N.W., during the January 20, 2017, Inauguration protests. Read more...

D.C. Told to Scrap Unlawful Limits on Searches When the Public Asks for Government Emails

July 6, 2017 - Naming the sender or recipient of email (and a date range) is enough – all the law requires to trigger a search, according to a new ruling by the D.C. Office of Open Government (OOG). Read more...

New Orleans, LA: The Lens is hosting a public records workshop

July 6, 2017 - On Wednesday, July 12, journalists from The Lens will be joined by public-records attorney Scott Sternberg to explain how you can use public records to hold your government agencies accountable and how to get those records. Read more...

Editorial: You, too, can hold government accountable in Colorado

July 6, 2017 - It should have been a simple fix to Colorado’s Open Records Act, but instead it became a complex political negotiation that was almost derailed. Read more...

Editorial: Defend Your Right to Know

July 5, 2017 - Fifty years ago today, Washington witnessed a revolution. The Freedom of Information Act went into effect, establishing Americans' right to know. Read more...

VA: Judge's FOIA Ruling Creates More Questions Than Answers

July 5, 2017 - How much information should the public have about members of the General Assembly? And how should they go about getting it? Read more...

Editorial: Painful as it could be, some files must be made public (Minnesota)

July 3, 2017 - Sometime soon, a Stearns County judge will review about 168 pages that Patty and Jerry Wetterling have asked to keep out of the public eye. Read more...

Two Pa. Senate bills argue Sunshine for union deals, but local officials warn "chilling effect"

July 3, 2017 - Pennsylvania’s Sunshine Act leaves the public in the dark when it comes to collective bargaining negotiations, but two state Senate bills could shed some light on these closed-door meetings. Read more...

City’s open data portal nears launch

July 3, 2017 - Tech-oriented and data-savvy folks soon will have the chance to dive deep into a new Charlottesville portal that will disclose public information about policing, property, traffic, parks, demographics and the environment. Read more...

NJ: Senate Panel Approves OPRA Overhaul

June 30, 2017 - After a two-year effort led by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Bergen), the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted to release two bills that would update and expand New Jersey’s transparency laws. Read more...

NYPD Promises to Finally Follow Freedom of Information Law

June 30, 2017 - The New York Police Department has entered into a stipulation and judicial order that commits the NYPD to complying with requirements of New York’s Freedom of Information Law that it has systematically flouted for more than a decade. Read more...

SC: Mount Pleasant crafting new policy for public records to include $10 minimum fee for most requests

June 30, 2017 - A proposed town policy for the release of public information includes a $10 minimum charge for most requests. Read more...

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2016 FOI Summit from Washington, D.C.

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


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 >>


2017 FOI Summit Scheduled for Nashville, October 13-14

Join NFOIC and our host, the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government for the 2017 FOI Summit on Friday and Saturday, October 13-14, 2017 at the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. Learn more and register. 

About Your NFOIC

The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) protects our right to open government. Our mission is to make sure state and local governments and public institutions have laws, policies and procedures to facilitate the public’s access to their records and proceedings.

Since 1989, NFOIC has worked to ensure open, accessible and transparent government. NFOIC is a nonpartisan alliance of 44 state & regional affiliates. Our members include citizen-driven nonprofit FOI organizations, academic and First Amendment centers, journalistic societies and attorneys.

NFOIC and its coalition members advocate to remove obstacles at public institutions that block or hinder people from obtaining information that is rightfully theirs. We are keenly aware of the challenges to access information in an increasingly digital world. Please review our 2017 priorities

NFOIC welcomes 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. Follow us on Twitter and “like” the cause of open government on Facebook. More about NFOIC...

Knight FOI Litigation Fund

Having your FOI request denied may leave no other option than pursuing legal action against the rejecting public agency or official. NFOIC offers financial support to litigate open government lawsuits through the Knight FOI Litigation Fund. Backed by a generous grant from the Knight Foundation, the fund helps to defray upfront costs such as filing fees, depositions, court costs and other expenses associated with legal actions. Applications may be submitted through your state FOI coalition or directly to NFOIC. 

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