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FOI InSight, an open government newsletter
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Sunshine Week 2013

As you doubtless are aware, Sunshine Week 2013, March 10 – March 16, is fast approaching. We know that many of you will be actively involved in the week’s events. In order to be apprised of what that involvement entails, we ask that you send us ideas for and/or links to the Sunshine Week events, observances and panels your organizations are conducting and/or in which you are participating.

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State Open Government Hall of Fame

Nominations for inclusion into the State Open Government Hall of Fame are now being accepted. Heroes of the 50 States: The State Open Government Hall of Fame is a joint venture by the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Freedom of Information Coalition. It was developed by leaders in both organizations as a way to recognize long-term contributions of individuals to open government in their respective states.

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The National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana bring you the 2013 FOI Summit on May 17 -18 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This is your best opportunity to get a clear view of the state of disclosure and access laws, state by state.


FOI Oklahoma elects new officers, solicits award nominees

Charles Self, a professor at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, is the new president of FOI Oklahoma Inc. The organization also elected Ziva Branstetter, enterprise editor of the Tulsa World, as president-elect.

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NEFAC names FOI and right-to-know award winners

One pursued a nine-year crusade that yielded an order refunding $53 million to New Hampshire public employees. The other cracked a shell of silence to expose misconduct in the New Britain, Conn., Police Department. Both are being recognized by the New England First Amendment Coalition with first-time presentations.
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NMFOG urges public officials to use official email accounts

It has long been our understanding that a public record is a public record no matter where it is located—a filing cabinet in the office, an employee’s briefcase at home, and more in laptops, phones and in the cloud. But the principle of open government remains the same: to ensure that everyone is entitled to the greatest possible information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of government employees.
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The National Freedom of Information Coalition protects our right to open government. We are a nonpartisan alliance of citizen-driven nonprofit freedom of information organizations, academic and First Amendment centers, journalistic societies and attorneys. Twice annually, NFOIC awards grants to strengthen state coalitions and member organizations, foster their growth, and support a broad range of open government endeavors in individual states. The NFOIC also administers the Knight FOI Fund, which offers financial support to defray costs and expenses in open government lawsuits throughout the year.

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