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Immigration Atty Decries 'Kafkaesque' FOIA Fight With USCIS

April 24, 2015 12:14 PM

An immigration attorney accusing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services of a “Kafkaesque” failure to comply with a document request on Tuesday urged a Louisiana federal court to order the agency to hand over the documents he says he needs to properly represent his client in deportation proceedings. Read more »

Cincinnati creates new site to share city's data with residents

April 24, 2015 12:09 PM

The city of Cincinnati says it is enhancing transparency by sharing the city’s data with the general public in a new way.

Open Data Cincinnati will allow anyone to browse through various datasets of information collected by the city to document how the government operates, officials said at an announcement Wednesday. Read more »

Florida Open Government Takes A Hit But It Seems Little Can Be Done

April 24, 2015 12:05 PM

The House GOP met behind closed doors Tuesday to discuss their strategy regarding a possible expansion of Medicaid. The move has raised the ire of the Democrats and open government advocates, but it seems there’s very little that can be done.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) says the House Republican caucus met Tuesday morning to discuss the history of LIP, or low income pool funding. Read more »

Open data, government and citizen perceptions: First national survey, by the Pew Research Center 2015

April 24, 2015 11:59 AM

The push for open government and open data by federal officials, as well as authorities across many states and cities, can seem an unmitigated good. Talk to journalists, however, and there are myriad areas where they believe government at all levels is still being less than transparent — and less than helpful in revealing facts that the public is entitled to know. Read more »

Public Discussion Needed on D.C. Mayor’s Budget Proposal to Limit Attorney General’s Powers

April 24, 2015 11:08 AM

A showdown between the mayor of the District of Columbia and the first-ever elected attorney general has been averted for now.

At issue is Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal in her new budget to water down some of the new attorney general’s powers, particularly when it comes to reviewing government contracts. Read more »

AG sets phone meeting on open records

April 23, 2015 1:37 PM

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge will hold a statewide meeting via telephone Thursday to educate the public about the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

The meeting will be the first in a series of informational meetings, both traditional and webcast, to inform Arkansans about the Freedom of Information Act. Read more »

Opinion: There are a remarkably small number of people who trust the government

April 23, 2015 1:29 PM

Buried in a massive Pew study on the public's feelings about data and open government is this amazing nugget: Just 23 percent trust the federal government to do the right thing "at least most of the time."

Twenty three percent! That's unpopularity-of-Congress territory. Journalist-trust territory! Donald Trump's approval ratings look down on those numbers! Read more »

‘Sunshine audit’ idea will open government

April 23, 2015 1:25 PM

Ohioans should not have to bear the expense and aggravation of going to court to force government officials to comply with the open records law, state Auditor Dave Yost believes. To make it easier to get documents, Yost announced a month ago he was establishing a "Sunshine Audit" program. Read more »

Americans not impressed by open government initiatives

April 23, 2015 1:19 PM

President Barack Obama once proclaimed his administration to be the most transparent in history, but a new survey suggests Americans have mixed thoughts on whether new initiatives to open government and its data will make a significant difference in holding the powerful accountable.

A report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, in conjunction with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, found that most Americans are not engaged with using government data sources. Just 7 percent say local governments share their information effectively. Read more »

World-Herald editorial: Open government law’s spirit covers texts

April 23, 2015 1:15 PM

Times have changed since government officials picked up quill pens when they wanted to send one another a message.
But the principles behind our open government laws remain the same. The public’s business ought to be conducted in public. Read more »

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