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The state Attorney General’s Office took University of New Mexico officials to task last week, citing several instances where the university violated the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act...
As the United Nations celebrates the International Day of Democracy on September 15 with its theme of "Democracy Under Strain," The Governance Lab (The GovLab) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering...
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ promise to create a new Transparency Officer is a step closer to going before the Atlanta City Council for a vote. Legislation that represented a collaboration between the...
Open government advocates on Wednesday called on lawmakers to make more government offices subject to the state’s public records laws. Massachusetts is the only state where the Legislature, governor’s...
News Release September 12, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Daniel Bevarly (352) 294-7082 · dbevarly@nfoic.org “Living Legend of Open Government” to be inducted into Open Government Hall of Fame An...
Amid an alarming confluence of threats to journalists and the news media, there is a lack of urgency among American voters around the idea that press freedom is at risk in the U.S., according to a new...
A judge on Wednesday ordered Gov. Rick Scott to release about three months' worth of meeting schedules and travel plans — including upcoming campaign events — and rejected his argument that the...
Missouri has a website designed to make government more transparent, according to state Treasurer Eric Schmitt. Schmitt’s office recently launched ShowMeCheckbook.mo.gov , which he calls “a one-stop...
Among Gov. Bill Walker’s many failures – women’s rights, wildlife conservation, public safety, climate change, salmon protection, environment – a fundamental one is his failure to conduct state...
Working to deliver on one of five goals set earlier this year with the debut of the new Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Atlanta officials gathered to mark the debut of a portal...
Profits have disappeared. Survival is in question. So why don’t local news organizations just become nonprofits? It’s a question that’s been posed with increasing frequency in recent years, often in...
A recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for copies of ballots from 2016 originally puzzled Michigan election officials and is causing some concern as the group behind the request explains...
Email records obtained by the Star-Tribune through FOIA requests from Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services Director Sherry Flanagan from August 2017 indicated Flanagan was ‘fearful’ of...
According to the Department of Justice Summary of Annual FOIA Reports for FY 2017 , almost $3 million dollars were collected in FOIA fees last year. Whether you’re new to FOIA or a seasoned vet, there...
After a series on parental incarceration , Jonathan Bullington and Richard Webster got an email with an idea — apply for a fellowship that supports that kind of reporting. The NOLA.com | Times...