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August 31, 2016 10:38 AM

The New Jersey Supreme Court decided it would hear a dispute between Galloway Township and the New Jersey public-records advocate and blogger John Paff over the state’s Open Public Records Act.

The conflict is over the access of electronic records under OPRA.

What is not in dispute is that Paff made an electronic request for information. Continue...


August 31, 2016 10:30 AM

Among the findings in the report released by the state auditor Monday, both the Missouri House and Senate were criticized for a lack of policy regarding open records.

Auditor Nicole Galloway urged both bodies to have written policies to clarify their stance. Leadership both in the House and Senate declared its bodies exempt from Missouri's Sunshine Law, which allows residents to query governmental bodies for documentation. Continue...


August 31, 2016 10:24 AM

As the Obama administration comes to a close, the White House is seeking to highlight progress it's made to open and use data over the past eight years — while pushing those inside and outside government to continue the momentum.

One way it's are doing that is through their first White House Open Data Innovation Summit set for Sept. 28, which will be co-hosted by the Office of Management and Budget, the Small Business Administration and the Data Foundation. Continue...


August 30, 2016 1:09 PM

As the state battles an Oklahoma Indian tribe in court over the operation of its high-interest loan program, a second legal front has opened up over the alleged destruction of social media posts by the former top lawyer for the Department of Banking.

The legal wrangling opens a new area of law in the internet age, where regulators will have to determine when work-related social media posts become part of the public record. Continue...


August 30, 2016 12:42 PM

Almost 40 interest groups are appealing to Congress to nix a provision in a defense policy bill that would give the Pentagon more control over what information it wants to release to the public.

The organizations, led by the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), sent an Aug. 24 letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees asking them to reject a proposal that would curtail the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Continue...


August 30, 2016 12:36 PM

An MU law professor and candidate for Missouri's attorney general pushed back against a lawsuit filed against him over an open records request.

Josh Hawley won the Republican nomination for the spot earlier this month, amidst a contentious race against state Sen. Kurt Schaefer by more than 30 points. He will face former Cass County prosecutor Teresa Hensley in the November primary. Continue...


August 30, 2016 12:21 PM

Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition Highlights from the blog and news feed Aug. 29, 2016.  View...

August 25, 2016 12:13 PM

Conventional wisdom holds that one strategy for improving the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process is to routinely publish agency records that might be of interest to the public. The term of art FOIA enthusiasts use for publishing agency information before anyone makes a FOIA request is proactive disclosure.

We at OGIS make it a priority to help the public better understand our work by making certain types of information available. Continue...


August 25, 2016 11:57 AM

The continued scrutiny over Hillary Clinton's emails is raising new questions about her candidness. But both she and her Republican opponent Donald Trump have been criticized by members of their own parties for failing to be open and transparent. Continue...


August 25, 2016 11:50 AM

A federal judge has ordered Glenn Beck to disclose the names of confidential sources he used in his reporting that a Saudi Arabian man was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing. The man sued Beck for defamation after he was cleared of any involvement.

Journalist and filmmaker Mark Boal, who wrote and produced The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, has asked a judge to block a subpoena threatened by military prosecutors who want to obtain his confidential or unpublished interviews with US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, accused of being a deserter. Continue...


August 24, 2016 12:30 PM

Over the last seven years, President Obama has been committed to building an economy where, if you work hard and play by the rules, you have a decent shot at success.

The Fair Pay Safe Workplaces final rule and guidance issued today rewards federal contractors who do just that – work hard and play by the rules – on behalf of the millions of Americans who work for them. This rule also benefits the responsible contractors – the vast majority of them – who are doing the right thing, so that they no longer have to compete for contracts with companies that do not. Contracting with the government is a privilege, not an entitlement; and we want to make sure that the companies enjoying that privilege comply with our nation’s laws and the values that underpin them. Continue...


August 24, 2016 12:23 PM

In little more than a month, Ohioans will have a new, cheap and quick appeals process to potentially leverage loose public records.

On Sept. 28, the Ohio Court of Claims will begin accepting complaints on the refusal to release records by government at all levels, from townships to the state. Continue...


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