2017 FOI Summit Agenda




8:30 am - 12:30 pm

NFOIC Board Meeting (Board members only)


1:00 pm - Welcome/Announcements


1:15 pm – 2:30 pm – Knight Forecasting Freedom of Information Report – Why it faces problems- and how experts say they could be solved

Presentation of the March 2017 report commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation was commissioned to gain a better understanding of the state of public access to government records and to identify barriers to access and solutions.


2:45 pm – 4:00 pm - Trends in State FOI Litigation

A discussion of the trends in state-level public records litigation, including access to email, “reverse” public records cases involving third parties, and fee-shifting.


4:15 pm – 5:30 pm  - Building a sustainable organization

Strategies and techniques for your coalition to promote a sustainable financial base.  


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Hosted by the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. Location: Adams and Reese LLP, 424 Church St Ste 2800 (Note: A shuttle will provide transportation to/from the reception. Those planning to remain downtown for the evening will need to secure return transportation.)




8:00 am

Breakfast Buffet


8:30 am – 9:15 am 

NFOIC Annual Membership Meeting

Organizational updates and reports


9:15 – 10:15 – State Coalition Round-up

Brief reports from state coalition directors


10:30 am – 11:45 pm – Session #1 - State-level research

Discussion of recent public records research by state coalitions, including an analysis of Ohio Supreme Court public records decisions, examination of state laws regarding access to text messages, and New Mexico’s recent open records compliance audit. Learn how they did it, lessons learned, and outcomes.


12:00 pm – 1:30 pm 

Hall of Fame Luncheon sponsored by the Charles Koch Institute

State Open Government Hall of Fame Induction: Recipient: TBA

Keynote Speaker – Jameel Jaffer, Director, Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University


1:45 pm – 3:00 pm – Session #2 – Tech Solutions for Tech Problems

Managing electronic public records in today’s digital transformation tests the resources of most agencies. Could more technology be the solution? Hear from IT companies whose solutions are helping public record stewardship in the digital age.    


3:15 pm – 4:30 pm –   Session #3 – Transparency in government when a private entity is involved

Increased government involvement with private contractors, and the intersection with the state’s public records laws.


4:30 pm – Adjournment