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Transparency Watch: Billions Spent on D.C. School Improvement Yet Auditor Says Public In the Dark

July 6, 2015 3:19 PM

Sparkling new buildings are in the works in the ongoing modernization of D.C. schools, begun in 2006 and slated for $1.3 billion more in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s six-year plan. But the D.C. Council’s auditor reported Wednesday (1) that the program “failed to comply with D.C. Code and lacks accountability, transparency and basic financial management.” Read more »



Wisconsin: Scott Walker, legislative leaders drop open records changes

July 6, 2015 8:45 AM

In the face of withering criticism, Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican leaders of the Legislature announced Saturday that a provision added to the state budget to gut the open records law “will be removed from the budget in its entirety.” Read more »



Maryland: Baltimore Co. contract bars disclosure of officers' full names in shootings

July 6, 2015 8:33 AM

So far this year, more than a dozen Baltimore County officers have been involved in shootings in which civilians were killed or injured — but none of the officers' full names have been released by the police department. Read more »



Nebraska: Public records lawsuit may stir debate on government transparency

July 6, 2015 8:28 AM

LINCOLN — A judge may soon have to decide whether Nebraska’s public records law can be used to shine light on the internal workings of the judicial branch. Read more »



Washington: Critics say legislative all-nighters mean less transparency

July 2, 2015 9:48 AM

When lawmakers race to pass budgets and bills by working into the early morning hours, as they did Tuesday and Wednesday, advocates of open government say they are working in the dark in more ways than one. Read more »



Significant revisions to Michigan's FOIA go into effect July 1

July 2, 2015 9:26 AM

If there's something you want to know and it's considered public record, getting the information is now easier and cheaper than ever.

Significant revisions to Michigan's Freedom of Information Act went into full effect today.  Continue>>>

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New Jersey: Court Tells City: No, You Cannot Sue Someone For Making A FOIA Request

July 2, 2015 9:18 AM

Open records requests and lawsuits go hand-in-hand. Agencies obfuscate, stall, perform deliberately inadequate searches and fail to respond in a timely manner. These actions frequently result in lawsuits, which are notably almost always filed by the requester. 

The Hamilton Township of New Jersey isn't like other government agencies. It's far more proactive.  Continue>>>

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Transparency Watch: Council Prohibits Public Access to D.C. Teacher Data

July 1, 2015 3:47 PM

As the D.C. Council took final action on the 2016 budget, marchers picketed in front of the Wilson Building Tuesday (30) chanting "Open Government Now."  

Inside, Council members agreed, sort of. Read more »



Syracuse Profs Granted Reduced FOIA Fees

July 1, 2015 9:26 AM

(CN) - Two professors are entitled to lower processing fees for a public records request because its purpose is educational and journalistic, a federal judge ruled. Read more »



D.C. Council wants to see public transparency for police body cameras

July 1, 2015 9:15 AM

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s effort to outfit District police officers with body cameras hit a fresh obstacle Tuesday, when council members tried to block implementation of the program next year unless she ensures public transparency. Read more »



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