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Colorado Transparency News - 5/27/2016

May 27 --  Read the latest from Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition.  Continue...

This Week in Civic Tech: Congress Voices Concern over DATA Act Pilot, Two Startups Help San Francisco

May 27 -- Officials attempting to open federal financial data are encountering obstacles after a pilot program was delayed and Congress and data advocates made allegations of mismanagement.  Continue...

PennDOT information now available on open-data portal

May 27 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has launched an open-data portal that includes data ranging from roadway pavement conditions to rail-facility locations.  Continue...

New York Mayor De Blasio insists his latest scheme is ‘appropriate’

May 27 -- Mayor de Blasio emerged from hiding Thursday — after ducking reporters for more than a week — to defend his much-maligned decision to withhold communications with five confidants outside the government.  Continue...

Mark it done: Cheap, quick public-records appeals (Ohio)

May 27 -- Some people not prone to hyperbole are praising the General Assembly’s unanimous -- and long-needed -- passage of a bill leveling the public-records playing field between government and citizens.  Continue...

Michigan bipartisan bill to make governor, lawmakers subject to open records law in doubt

May 26 -- Backers of a measure to open the executive branch and Legislature to greater public disclosure had to be heartened by its unanimous approval last week by a House committee.  Continue...

86 requests to City Hall from feds probing Chicago police

May 26 -- U.S. Justice Department officials have made 86 different requests seeking mountains of information from City Hall regarding their investigation into whether Chicago Police officers might be engaging in practices that violate the Constitution or federal law, according to documents obtained by NBC5 and shared with the Chicago Sun-Times.  Continue...

Georgia police chiefs trained in open records

May 26 -- Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police members underwent open government training Tuesday.   Continue...

Knight FOI Fund contributes to U.S. Circuit Court ruling“Educational Requester” status to students

May 25, 2016 -- A United States Circuit Court in the District of Columbia ruled last week in a far-reaching federal FOIA case that “Educational Requester” status in federal FOIA petitions applies to all students seeking government information for educational purposes. The NFOIC, through the Knight FOI Fund helped finance the plaintiff's appeal. Continue...

Open Kansas Launches Crowd-Sourced Contest to Highlight the Importance of Government Transparency

May 25 -- The Open Kansas Initiative is launching a contest to highlight the importance of transparency in state and local government. Continue...

Congress leads state legislatures in open data efforts — panel

May 25 -- Although Congress is still struggling with open data, it remains far ahead of state and local legislatures when it comes to releasing data in machine readable and downloadable formats, according to a panel of experts and Congressional staffers.  Continue...

Using technology to increase government transparency

May 25 -- Demand for transparency in government is growing as ordinary citizens are increasingly losing trust in their elected officials. Continue...

UK found in violation of Kentucky open records law

May 25 -- The University of Kentucky violated state law when it denied a request for details of meetings held by a committee that decides doctors’ salaries, the Kentucky attorney general’s office has ruled.  Continue...

Nominations sought for the State Open Government Hall of Fame

May 24 -- Known as the “Heroes of the Fifty States,” the Open Government Hall of Fame is a joint initiative of the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).   Continue...

Georgia Portal Gives Residents Free Access To Map-Based Data

May 24 -- To help encourage private-sector innovation and growth, the city of Johns Creek has created an OpenData portal to provide the public with free access to data it uses for maps.  Continue...

Massachusetts Committee OKs Bill Overhauling State Public Records Law

May 24 -- A bill aimed at overhauling the state’s public records law has cleared a key hurdle, bringing it one step closer to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk.  Continue...

John Sepulvado - My View: (Oregon's) open records laws need overhaul

May 24 -- In elementary school, Franklin Weekley was diagnosed as “mentally retarded.” He was slow to learn, but quick to act out on impulse.  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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