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Op-Ed from CFOIC's Jeff Roberts -- Senators: Audit nonprofits serving people with disabilities, don’t subject them to CORA

April 1, 2016 11:45 AM

The state’s 20 nonprofits serving people with disabilities shouldn’t be subject to the Colorado Open Records Act, a Senate panel decided Wednesday. Read more »

California Open Government Search Engine Adds More Features

April 1, 2016 10:23 AM

Digital Democracy, an online platform that offers remote access to hearings and information related to California politics, has added some key new features to keep users up-to-date and informed.

The searchable online database uses voice and facial recognition to identify speakers, including those who give public comment at state legislative hearings.  Continue...


Michigan's Montcalm County commissioners deny FOIA request regarding judge’s emails

April 1, 2016 10:05 AM

An appeal to overturn a denied Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding emails sent by a former circuit court judge was rejected Monday by the Montcalm County Board Commissioners. Read more »

Illinois Times loses FOIA case

April 1, 2016 9:46 AM

Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Madonia has sided with Gov. Bruce Rauner in a lawsuit over disclosure of the governor’s appointment calendar, refusing the newspaper’s request for legal fees. Read more »

NJFOG Study Finds Local Authorities Disregarding Online Transparency Law

April 1, 2016 9:21 AM

Only 11 percent of New Jersey’s independent local authorities are in full compliance with an online transparency law that took effect on February 1, 2013, according to a study released by the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG). Read more »

Fight Over Debt Collection Records

March 31, 2016 10:21 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union and National Consumer Law Center on Tuesday asked a federal court to force the U.S. Department of Education to turn over various documents that show how the government collects student loan debt from defaulted borrowers. Read more »

Digital disruption on the Potomac

March 31, 2016 10:09 AM

The way the world conducts business and how we live our daily lives is fundamentally changing. Some has termed this change a "digital disruption wave." Consider the following passage from Tom Goodwin — variations of which have gone viral on social media — that encapsulates this phenomenon...Continue...


Our Opinion (South Bend Tribune): A fix for Michigan's public records law

March 31, 2016 10:00 AM

When Michigan passed its Freedom of Information Act in 1976 to help ensure public access to government records, it included a couple of glaring exemptions: the governor’s office and the state Legislature. The Wolverine state is one of two (Massachusetts is the other) with such exemptions.

A package of proposals in the Michigan Legislature would fix this oversight.  Continue... Read more »

Study: State-Level Public Corruption Affects Firm Value, Transparency

March 31, 2016 9:53 AM

State-level public corruption in the United States affects firms’ value and disclosure policies, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Steven Xiao, assistant professor of finance, and Dr. Vikram Nanda, O.P. Jindal Distinguished Chair in Finance, studied state-level corruption in the U.S. and its effect on publicly listed firms.  Continue... Read more »

Federal Court Set to Hear FOIA Case on Benghazi and Clinton Emails Thursday

March 31, 2016 9:35 AM

A federal court hearing scheduled for Thursday morning in Washington, D.C., will address the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of State over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of state. Read more »

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