The NFOIC open government blog is a compendium of original concepts and analysis as well as ideas, edited excerpts and materials from a variety of sources. When the information comes from another source, we will attribute it and provide a link. The blog relies on the accuracy and integrity of the original sources cited; we will correct errors and inaccuracies when we become aware of them.

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November 17, 2017 11:29 AM

Boulder-based Hazel's Beverage World will be able to keep public records it obtained about Applejack Wine & Spirits in Wheat Ridge after a lawsuit seeking to keep the records confidential was dismissed late Monday.

November 17, 2017 11:02 AM

The Iowa Public Information Board voted on November 16 to refuse to provide minutes and recordings from two closed-session meetings to the state ombudsman, despite an ombudsman subpoena. Read more...

iowa open meetings
November 16, 2017 11:18 AM

Circumventing Florida’s public records law, and destroying public documents, has cost Martin County commissioners more than $12 million -- and the toll keeps rising.

The commission on Tuesday agreed to a $12 million payout to Lake Point, a rock quarry company that has plans to become a water company, sued the county for breach of contract and for violating the state’s Sunshine Law. Read more...

November 15, 2017 9:39 AM

Kansas lawmakers from across the political spectrum said they will push to fix the state’s culture of secrecy in the wake of a Kansas City Star series that highlights stunning levels of opacity in state and local government. Read more...

November 15, 2017 9:23 AM

A scientist-turned-whistleblower who resigned from the Interior Department in October citing agency chief Ryan Zinke’s “poor leadership” and “resume of failure” is suing to obtain information concerning his own reassignment and that of several of his former colleagues. Read more...

November 15, 2017 9:17 AM

Every week, government officials across Texas and private companies receiving taxpayer dollars get increasingly creative in hiding public records.

Their new tool is the Boeing ruling, a decision from the Texas Supreme Court that lowered the threshold for arguing competitive bidding as an exemption from disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act. Read more...

November 14, 2017 10:54 AM

The City of West Point vio­lated the Kentucky Open Rec­ords Act by failing to respond to a request for records, including questions about water and sewer contractors and agreements between the city and two public water utilities.

The attorney general’s office, which reviews appeals of open records requests, found the city in error by failing to respond in writing to a request and withholding records without statutory justification. Read more...

November 14, 2017 10:44 AM

What was supposed to be the opening bid in the contentious renegotiating process of an Obama-era regulation meant to protect federal student loan borrowers, mainly from for-profit colleges, quickly devolved into a marathon debate over whether the event should be livestreamed. Read more...

federal agencies
November 13, 2017 9:34 AM

The State of Illinois is anticipating $1.2 million in cost savings within the next five years following the launch of a new open data portal, technology officials announced. Read more...

November 10, 2017 11:30 AM

Emails and cell phone communications from Lyon County commissioners’ personal accounts and devices could become publicly available information if the Nevada Supreme Court determines they are public information under Nevada’s Public Records Act. Read more...

November 10, 2017 11:15 AM

 

A Washington County Circuit judge Nov 10 refused to dismiss a lawsuit seeking documents related to Ecclesia College's receipt of state money. Read more...

Arkansas FOIA
November 9, 2017 12:09 PM

The state of Illinois overspent by nearly $3 billion last fiscal year and the comptroller says the new Debt Transparency Act will help taxpayers hold government spending more accountable. Read more...

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