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Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel: 'Messing with open government laws is like touching the third rail'

July 29, 2015 12:47 PM

Attorney General Brad Schimel began his first meeting on open government issues by addressing the "elephant in the room." Read more »

Florida: 2015 FAF Sunshine Seminars Announced!

July 29, 2015 12:37 PM

Registration is now open for FAF's Fall Sunshine Seminars! Continue>>>


NC legislature passes bill limiting execution transparency

July 29, 2015 12:33 PM

RALEIGH — A bill that would allow quicker changes to North Carolina's execution process and block information about the manufacturing of lethal injection drugs has passed the legislature and is going to the governor. Read more »


July 28, 2015 12:21 PM

As a part of the United States’ Second Open Government National Action Plan commitment to further modernize FOIA, in 2014 OIP launched the Best Practices Workshop series as a way to share and leverage successes in FOIA administration across the government. Today we are announcing details for the second slate of topics and workshops in this series. Read more »

Follow the PA General Assembly with this open data tool

July 28, 2015 10:44 AM

Here's something that ought to earn the Sunlight Foundation several shots of Pappy Van Winkle: a new open data tool that makes it easier than ever to have a look at the inner workings of Pennsylvania's state legislature. Read more »

GAO: DOD must improve transparency of spec ops funding

July 28, 2015 9:55 AM

While U.S. Special Operations Command has seen a dramatic increase in personnel and funding since the beginning of the war on terror, the Defense Department still is unable to accurately provide detailed funding numbers across the services, leaving decision makers in the dark on exactly how much money goes toward special operations, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. Read more »

Massachusetts: Lawmakers back open government reforms - but not for themselves

July 28, 2015 9:33 AM

BOSTON — Reform of the decades-old public records law is getting strong support on Beacon Hill, but many lawmakers balk at lifting exemptions to open-government laws that shield much of their work from public view. Read more »

New Jersey: Court to review Housing Authority's OPMA violations

July 27, 2015 3:36 PM

On August 21, Union County Superior Court Judge James Hely is scheduled to hear argument in a case against the Summit Housing Authority for non-compliance with New Jersey's open public meetings law.  The matter is currently set for 9 a.m. in Elizabeth. Read more »

Washington DC: Coalition publishes nationwide body cam access report

July 27, 2015 10:05 AM

The D.C. Open Government Coalition (DCOGC) July 27 released a comprehensive look at how each state and 15 of the largest cities are addressing through legislation and policies key issues surrounding implementation of police body cameras. This report is the first to compile a panoply of legislation, policies, regulations and current law into a single, easily accessible and reviewable document. Read more »

Virginia: Governor McAuliffe announces 2015-16 data internships

July 27, 2015 10:00 AM

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia state government and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Business will again work together on data re-engineering internships to explore the use of data to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state government. Read more »

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