State governments begin focusing on website analytics


State governments are beginning to focus on website analytics, something we here at GovLoop are very familiar with. They are taking advantage of Google Analytics, a free tool which assesses hits and traffic, to determine how people are utilizing their websites. States like California are even publishing these statistics right on their homepages for people to view.


Fewer State Reports, But More Open Data

From Fox and Hounds Daily:

Gov. Jerry Brown missed an opportunity when he announced that he was eliminating hundreds of state reports – and seeking to eliminate hundreds more.

Brown was trying to convey that the state was buckling down and eliminating waste. But frugality was the only message. He should have paired that move with a call for more engagement – and openness.


Gov. Brown joked about legality of closed-door meeting, aide says

From LA Times:

Gov. Jerry Brown acknowledged there would be questions about whether his closed-door session with Los Angeles County supervisors last fall was in violation of the state’s open meetings law.

According to a transcript obtained by The Times, the governor said at one point, “Let's get our Brown Act cover story."


Calif. biotech firms spend $40 million on lobbying in 3 years

From California Watch

Biotech companies with operations in California – the birthplace of the industry and home to one-third of the country’s biotech firms – spent $40 million on federal lobbying between 2009 and 2011, according to an analysis released yesterday by the Union of Concerned Scientists and Center for Responsive Politics.


NFOIC’s FOI Friday for March 30, 2012

A few open government and FOIA news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier.

Text messages enter public-records debate

Those supposedly private messages that public officials dash off on their government cellphones to friends and colleagues aren't necessarily private after all.


Second records request sent to area school districts includes definition of misconduct

From Daily Bulletin

Ten local school districts have been asked to provide copies of complaints of teacher misconduct and records of any actions taken as a result of such conduct.

The Public Records Act requests, sent last week by The Sun and the Daily Bulletin, follow queries sent last month to 19 school districts seeking the number of complaints of teacher misconduct in the last five years.


NFOIC’s FOI Friday for March 23, 2012

A few open government and FOIA news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier. Be sure to check out Sunshine Week 2012 News while you're at it.

Hacking as a Civic Duty