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City employees in the mayor’s office and possibly the City Council appear to be conducting government business on private e-mail accounts and failing to disclose these communications through public...
In dozens of U.S. cities and states, the rights to publish state and local laws don’t belong to the people or the governments. They belong to private contractors. (Read more... ) A federal law has...
The First Amendment won a round in US District Court this week with a ruling that a 50-year-old Massachusetts law was never intended to apply to the recording of police or other government officials...
In his first state of the state address, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared , "Our government needs to operate at the speed of business." Two years ago, his office highlighted the progress of...
Here's how to be a citizen sleuth. Alaska favors citizen involvement in — and oversight of — its government. State laws give citizens rights to a lot of information. But to get it, you need to know...
We’re pleased to see Wyoming lawmakers taking a preliminary step toward strengthening the state’s public records act. Late last month, the Legislature’s Joint Corporations, Elections and Political...
The state’s most recent environmental compliance report reads more like a pitch to invest in Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management stock than a document of enforcement actions. And both...
Senator Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, introduced a bill Monday to strengthen transparency measures in all state agencies, including the High-Speed Rail Authority. Senate Bill 53 would require state...
Commentary: Opening data to the public isn’t at odds with cybersecurity, but supports it, says the executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. With governments focused today...
Request public records in Oregon and you can get: • Sued by the agency you requested the records from. • Slapped with thousands of dollars in charges to get access to what is supposed to be public. •...
News Release December 3, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Daniel Bevarly · 352.294.7082 · dbevartly@nfoic.org NFOIC Freedom of Information Paper Competition Call – new! Do you have research in...
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is teetering on financial collapse and still struggling to overcome a meltdown in subway service and collapse in bus ridership. No one doubts that the...
Have you heard about “smart cities”? The idea that cities can make innovative use of data, algorithms and automation to improve services has been around for a while, but it seems to be gaining...
News Release December 3, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Daniel Bevarly (352) 294-7082 · dbevarly@nfoic.org NFOIC White Paper: “Beast or Burden: Nuisance, vexatious, or burdensome public records...
Four of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s staffers used private email accounts when planning with political consultants what to do immediately after the City Council reversed course on a controversial...