DCOGC’s Thomas Susman opposes budget act BEGA/OOG amendments

Incrementally, in fits and starts since 2010, the D.C. government has become more transparent to the people it serves. In response to the Fenty administration’s attempts to evade meaningful public oversight, and corruption scandals ensnaring high elected and appointed officials and political operatives, the D.C. Council enacted a new Open Meetings Act (OMA) and created…


DCOGC: Council should remove OOG from BEGA

April 13, 2018, Statement of Robert S. Becker – On behalf of the D.C. Open Government Coalition, Before the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety – Council of the District of Columbia, Budget Oversight Hearing – Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, Office of Open Government I am Robert Becker, the D.C. Open Government Coalition’s government…


Coalition Testifies Seeking Stronger Oversight to Correct FOIA Failures at D.C. Dep’t of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs

A D.C. Council committee roundtable chaired by Vincent Orange (D-At Large) on July 13 listened to a crowded hearing room packed with residents angry about illegal construction and weak consumer protection by city regulators in the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).


Wisconsin DOJ handling open records requests faster, response time down from 2014

Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Justice say the agency is responding faster to open record requests.

A DOJ news release Tuesday says the agency took an average of 20 days to close a request this year, down from 59 days last year. Since the agency's new Office of Open Government opened in June, the average response time has been 16 days. Continue…



DC Office of Open Government director pulls no punches in TransparencyCamp keynote

The keynote speaker at the Sunlight Foundation’s eighth TransparencyCamp was unapologetically critical of the District’s open government record. She was also on its payroll.

On Saturday, Traci L. Hughes, D.C.’s very first Office of Open Government director, delivered a humorous, if at time scathing, recollection of her journey to the position. Continue…


Florida governor names new public records director, replaces external affairs chief

From Tampa Bay Times:

Bonnie Hazelton, director of the Office of the Ombudsman and Public Services, will take over as director of Gov. Rick Scott's Office of Open Government, Scott's office announced today. Current director, Carolyn Timmann, is leaving to run for clerk of Martin County Court.