Hawaii Monitor: Wanted — Good Home for Government Watchdog

The Office of Information Practices, the agency responsible for making sure state officials and agencies are complying with open meeting and public records requirements of state law, is looking for a new home.

Top on the wish list seems to be an administrative base where OIP can enjoy independence from undue political interference, and also minimize the inevitable conflicts that come from being part of state government while at the same time trying to hold state agencies and departments accountable.

Last year, the Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution 121 requesting the Legislative Reference Bureau to assess the feasibility of housing OIP in the Department of Accounting and General Services for administrative purposes. LRB submitted its findings in a 52-page report prior to the beginning of the 2015 legislative session. Continue>>>