FOI Advocate Blog

The NFOIC open government blog is a compendium of original concepts and analysis as well as ideas, edited excerpts and materials from a variety of sources. When the information comes from another source, we will attribute it and provide a link. The blog relies on the accuracy and integrity of the original sources cited; we will correct errors and inaccuracies when we become aware of them.

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April 4, 2013 3:18 PM

From McCook Gazette:

Announcements by perennial candidates like Don Stenberg are always suspect, but the state treasurer's release touting Nebraska's top 10 ranking for providing online access to government spending data could be a game changer, provided taxpayer advocates and proponents of responsible government use it correctly.

The website, maintained by Stenberg's office, received a B+ rating in 2013, up from a D in 2010, a C in 2011 and a B in 2012.

April 20, 2012 10:57 AM

From Baylor Lariat:

Difficulties in getting information from government sources shouldn’t scare reporters off from following their stories, Hadassah Schloss, Cost Rules Administrator for the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, told students at Baylor’s journalism awards banquet Tuesday.

April 11, 2012 1:28 PM


We have been disappointed in the 15 city leaders who have challenged the Texas Open Meetings Act in court since 2009. We think this is an effort to protect elected officials from doing the public’s business in the open.

April 11, 2012 1:25 PM

From San Antonio Current:

"I'm not inclined to be stepped on or stomped," Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson said this week, discussing his effort to keep emails from a private account in which he discusses official county business hidden.

April 5, 2012 11:42 AM

From Texas Watchdog:

Some documents went missing, and others were removed, altered and returned to the file for a contract with eight firms including Westco Ventures LLC -- a company owned by a close friend of Trustee Paula Harris-- an audit of the Houston schools procurement practices found.

April 3, 2012 11:57 PM


The Sinton Independent School District has sued the city of Sinton over plans to install two wind turbines at the high school campus.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, asks a state district judge for an injunction allowing the turbine project to move forward.

April 3, 2012 6:57 PM


While other states are finding evidence of school test score manipulation, the Texas Education Agency has managed to quash open records requests that would allow the public to investigate such a thing in this state.

In two recent open records requests, the TEA has successfully argued that the information that would make an investigation possible is not a public record.

April 3, 2012 6:55 PM


Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson has presented his initial legal argument in a fight to keep emails from his personal account private, even though he acknowledges he was discussing public business through those emails.

The arguments Thursday in a Travis County District Court is the first of what could be a series of legal standoffs to define a portion of the state’s Public Information Act.

March 29, 2012 1:26 AM

From The Houston Chronicle

This is news: Halliburton is being praised — yes, praised! — by political watchdog groups. The Houston-based multinational corporation, which has been blasted for a decade by liberals and good government groups for its close ties to the White House and the Pentagon, is now being held up as a model of openness.

The company that once boasted Dick Cheney (that model of secrecy) as its CEO has won kudos for agreeing to disclose all of its political contributions, including indirect donations to secretive Super PACs and other political committees.

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