Gov. Terry Branstad’s work group in charge of investigating secret settlements to former state employees has already formed — and plans to meet behind closed doors, the governor’s spokesman said Tuesday.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the formation of the work group Monday in response to a Des Moines Register investigation that found the Republican Branstad administration had paid more than $280,000 to six former employees, most who allege they were fired for their ties to Democrats.
Read More… from Part 3 Des Moines Investigation: Iowa’s secret settlements to be discussed in closed meetings
If you’ve been watching what goes on in Washington and some statehouses across the country, you might wonder if there’s any issue that everyone should be able to agree on whether they are conservative or liberal or libertarian, Democrat or Republican, pro-this or anti-that.
There is: It’s the need for transparency in all levels of government.
Read More… from Access to information should be a common goal
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
A few open government and FOIA news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier:
Open Data Handbook 1.0 introduces open data
Read More… from NFOIC’s FOI Friday for February 24, 2012