Public records audit details response of New Mexico offices

An audit by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government found it took anywhere from two days to several weeks for many government offices in the state to fulfill public records requests and more than a dozen failed to respond at all.

The open government advocacy group released the findings of its audit Tuesday. It marked the foundation's first public records audit in four years.  Continue…


Santé Fe Reporter: Faux transparency

About two years ago, Hanna Skandera, then secretary-designate of the New Mexico Public Education Department, started repeating a number. Under the state’s old teacher evaluation system, she would say over and over again, 99 percent of teachers were considered competent.

By contrasting that stat with low student test scores, Skandera was pointing to flaws in the teacher evaluation system and calling for a change. Continue….


Proposal by NMSU would limit access to public records

New Mexico State University plans to propose extensive changes to restrict the reach of the state’s public records law – amendments that transparency advocates call “troubling” and vow to fight.

A document prepared by NMSU and obtained by the Journal describes a litany of proposed exemptions to the Inspection of Public Records Act, including some that would make secret much of the public sector hiring process and certain law enforcement activities.


New Mexico Officials block efforts to obtain public records


For the better part of the past year, city officials resisted The New Mexican's attempts to bring to the public eye documents pertaining to alleged embezzlement of public funds from the Parking Division.

The newspaper repeatedly requested the documents under the provisions of the state's Inspection of Public Records Act.