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IL AG: Waukegan violated law in denying FOIA request about District 60 superintendent's missing file

September 19, 2017 - Waukegan city officials violated the state's open records law by withholding a police report concerning Waukegan District 60 superintendent's missing personnel file, the Illinois Attorney General's office ruled September 18. Read more...

Senate passes OPEN Government Data Act

September 19, 2017 - Senate passed the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act, championed by Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) on Septermber 18. Read more...

House goes to court to protect secrecy of records

September 18, 2017 - The House of Representatives is taking legal action to make sure that federal agencies don’t release congressional records to the public through the Freedom of Information Act. The move, which came September 15 evening in a lawsuit demanding access to discussions about health care reform between the Trump administration and Congress, threatens to cut off a mechanism liberal watchdog groups were using to gain insight into closed-door negotiations on a variety of policy issues.Read more...

Multiple states try to block access to public records

September 18, 2017 - In February, Arkansas lawmakers marked the 50-year anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act with a resolution calling it “a shining example of open government” that had ensured access to vital public records for generations. Read more...

“Skillful” First Amendment attorney from Iowa is 2017 Inductee to the State Open Government Hall of Fame

September 15, 2017 - Michael Giudicessi, a partner in the Des Moines office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, was selected as the 2017 inductee into the “Heroes of the 50 States: State Open Government Hall of Fame.” 

Access to government entering digital age

September 15, 2017 - Changes are coming to Hawaii’s records and open meeting laws, affecting how people can find out about public meetings as well as how much they’ll pay for public records. Read more...

Colorado Transparency News – Sep. 13, 2017

September 14, 2017 - The latest news in Colorado transparency from NFOIC member Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (CFOIC). Read more...

Editorial – Lawmakers can’t justify self-serving secrecy

September 14, 2017 - Under an effort spearheaded by the Associated Press earlier this year, news outlets requested copies of all 147 lawmakers’ calendars documenting their official schedules and work-related text messages.The Legislature’s attorneys responded by saying that material didn’t qualify as “public records” under a change quietly pushed through during the 1995 legislative session. If nothing else, this stubborn stand on their claimed exemption demonstrates one thing: Legislature leaders clearly do not embrace the spirit of the voter-approved Public Disclosure Act. Read more...

National FOIA Web Portal

September 12, 2017 - Five years after the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)'s recommendation, we are closer than ever to having a National FOIA Portal. Read more...

Louisiana - PAR Releases Guide to the Constitutional Amendments

September 8, 2017 - The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana today released the PAR Guide to the 2017 Constitutional Amendments. Read more...

Colorado Transparency News – Aug. 15, 2017

August 15, 2017 - The latest news in Colorado transparency from NFOIC member Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition (CFOIC). Read more...

D.C. Superior Court Adds Online Access to Court Files

August 14, 2017 -- As the public, press and researchers have long requested, the trial court in Washington, D.C., has begun making court files available online. Read more...

Kansas AG Derek Schmidt, Sunshine Coalition to offer free training on open government laws

August 9, 2017 - Free training sessions on Kansas open government laws will be offered at five locations across the state in the coming weeks, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government announced today. Read more...

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Introduces Legislation to Hold Private Prisons Accountable

August 8, 2017 -- U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) recently introduced legislation - The Private Prison Information Act of 2017 – that would ensure that non-federal prisons are held to the same standard of information sharing and record keeping as federal detention facilities. Read more...

Media of Nebraska becomes NFOIC’s newest state FOI alliance

July 26, 2017 - News Release: Media of Nebraska, a 40-year-old non-profit coalition of print and electronic news organizations operating in Nebraska has become the newest member of the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC). Read more...

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...

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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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