A showdown between the mayor of the District of Columbia and the first-ever elected attorney general has been averted for now.
At issue is Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal in her new budget to water down some of the new attorney general’s powers, particularly when it comes to reviewing government contracts.
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The debate is underway in D.C. over making footage from police body cameras public.
City officials say a big challenge is blurring out certain images which they view as private.
The proposal by the mayor's office to keep all footage private is meeting resistance with the president of the D.C. Police Union as well as several government watchdog groups. Continue>>>
Read More… from DC says releasing police body camera footage would come with challenge of blurring faces, protecting private information
With $750,000 in additional funding, the OpenGov Foundation plans to expand its footprint into the world of lawmaking tools for citizens and governments.
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Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray appointed a 15-member advisory group Wednesday, one of several initiatives to roll out the open government directive he promulgated in July.
The Open Government Advisory Group is mostly composed of members of the administration, like Office of Open Government director Traci Hughes, Office of the Chief Technology Officer CTO Rob Mancini and Ayesha Abbasi from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.
Read More… from D.C. Major Gray appoints open gov advisory group. But will it last?
As part of its regular social media routine, the District of Columbia Council’s official Twitter feed periodically links to obscure or odd provisions of the D.C. Code, like rules governing jostling rights: “Jostle away, but only if a breach of the peace may NOT be occasioned,” the Council’s Twitter feed informed its followers in June.
Read More… from The Ultimate in Open Government: Unlocking the Laws
From The Washington Post:
WASHINGTON — Public agencies in the District of Columbia would have more time to respond to public records requests under legislation proposed by Mayor Vincent Gray that also broadens the type of documents that may be exempt from disclosure.
Read More… from DC open government group slams mayor’s proposal on public records
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
Read More… from NFOIC’s FOI Friday for March 23, 2012