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Editorial: Police department accountability shouldn't require a lawsuit

August 15, 2016 11:09 AM

A police force that picks and chooses the laws it will honor probably doesn’t deserve to call itself a law enforcement agency. The St. Louis Police Department behaves as if Missouri’s Sunshine Law doesn’t apply uniformly to departmental records and the fees it charges to access them. Read more »



FOIA Lawsuits Seek Records of Trump Hotel Deal -- Including Closing Parts of "America's Main Street"

August 15, 2016 11:04 AM

Court challenges filed August 3 cite the “stubborn refusal” of District of Columbia and federal agencies to release records of the deal with the Trump Organization, developer of the Old Post Office Building at 12th St. and Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Read more »



BAE Systems moves to enter State Department FOIA fight

August 12, 2016 3:53 PM

Two large defense contracting firms are seeking to enter a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit where the Associated Press is demanding details on a settlement the State Department reached with one of the companies over export control violations.

BAE Systems plc, a British company, and BAE Systems Inc., its U.S.-based affiliate, filed motions in federal court in Washington Thursday asking to intervene in the case. Continue... Read more »



Santa Fe, N.M., Launches Open Data Spending Portal

August 12, 2016 3:01 PM

The city of Santa Fe on Wednesday launched a new website that officials say gives the public “unprecedented access to city budget data.” Read more »



Kansas AG’s office to hold free open government training

August 11, 2016 2:25 PM

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office next week is holding three free public training sessions on the state’s open records and open meetings laws, including one in the Wichita area.

Space is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a spot, go to www.ag.ks.gov/open-gov or call 785-296-2215. Continue...

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Transparency Advocates Unsuccessful As D.C. Council Adds Only Small Changes In New Charter School Legislation

August 11, 2016 2:10 PM

Legislation to shore up oversight of charter schools’ finances went quietly through the D.C. Council this June, though without requirements for the schools to follow open meetings and public records laws as advocates urged at the bill’s public hearing almost a year ago. Read more »



Sunlight Foundation - Opening up open data policy: Introducing Open Data Policies Decoded

August 10, 2016 3:35 PM

At the Sunlight Foundation, we care about open government data and want to provide tools to empower advocates — both inside and outside the public sector — to improve and spread the public policy that is making it possible. However, there remains a glaring barrier to easily comparing and analyzing open data reforms across jurisdictions: Ironically, open data policy itself is not available as structured, machine-readable open data. Read more »



Iowa: Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government

August 10, 2016 3:30 PM

The fourth annual Celebrating a Free Press and Open Government Banquet, titled "Forty Years, Freedom of Information: The Fight Continues," will celebrate the forty-year anniversary of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council and will feature White House Advisor Cori Zarek as guest speaker. Read more »



UW regents sued over ‘sham public process’ in picking school’s president

August 10, 2016 3:10 PM

An advocacy group for government transparency on Tuesday sued the University of Washington Board of Regents, contending the board conducted a “sham public process” and violated the state’s open-meetings law last October by secretly picking the university’s president. Read more »



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