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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September 11, 2012 2:35 PM

From The News & Advance:

Sometimes, government needs to be reminded just who’s boss and just what rights and privileges the boss has. That is exactly what Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act, when utilized by an involved citizenry and understood by a willing government, accomplishes.

Earlier this year, when the board of directors of the Greater Lynchburg Transit Co. was in the throes of much internal bickering and squabbling, one board member filed suit, complaining the board chairwoman was violating the state’s FOIA regulations. Information, he claimed was not being provided to the public in a timely manner and the board was conducting too much of its business behind closed doors.

April 12, 2012 2:12 PM

From Washington Post:

In advance of next week’s hearing on whether a former University of Virginia climatologist’s e-mails are subject to public release, the Roanoke Times has published an interesting “point-counterpoint” debate on the topic.

March 28, 2012 2:49 AM


When they gathered this week, members of the Virginia Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists joked that they should check the underside of their vehicles for wiretaps.

They convened to discuss how the Freedom of Information Act and related issues fared during the General Assembly’s recently concluded regular session. This was an opportune time to take stock: Last week was Sunshine Week – an effort to educate the public about open government.

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