Rock County, Wis., takes streamlined approach to FOIA requests

From Government Technology:

Last year, as word got out about Rep. Paul Ryan running alongside then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney, the clerk’s office in Ryan’s home county, Rock County, Wis., began fielding a variety of open records requests.

When he was officially named Romney’s running mate in August, an influx of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests funneled into the department, right up until the presidential election.

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Wisconsin State agency lags on records compliance

From WisconsinWatch.org:

What did Mike Huebsch, secretary of the state Department of Administration, know about the circumstances under which a key DOA official abruptly resigned?

That’s what Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Jason Stein was wondering when he put in a request, under the state’s open records law, for emails and text messages sent or received by Huebsch regarding deputy secretary Cindy Archer, around the time of her departure.

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In Oshkosh, Wisc., transparency is key

From Government Technology:

In Oshkosh, Wisc., transparency policies are a priority. In the city, these policies make agencies run more efficiently, and provide the public with more services and information.

And on March 10, the city will showcase its commitment to transparency during Sunshine Week – an event that encourages governments from across the nation to discuss how transparency can provide value to the public.

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