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A few open government and FOIA news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier: Open Data Handbook 1.0 introduces open data To help guide...
From Politico : The federal government is under no obligation to release mugshots of accused criminals under the Freedom of Information Act, even though many states and localities routinely make such...
From New York Times : Analysts for a Department of Homeland Security program that monitors social networks like Twitter and Facebook have been instructed to produce reports on policy debates related...
From RT : Despite requests made under the Freedom of Information Act for correspondence out of the White House, the Obama administration is refusing to comply with calls to disclose discussions with...
COLUMBIA, Mo. (February 22, 2012) – In a federal district court lawsuit supported by the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and the Knight FOI Fund, a Virginia watchdog organization is...
From ClarionLedger.com : The city of Jackson fails about four times in 10 to respond to public records requests within the time limit set by state law. A Clarion-Ledger analysis of open records logs...
From SanLuisObispo.com : The Oceano Community Services District has been warned that it could face litigation unless district officials correct two issues stemming from a meeting earlier this month....
From Deseret News : SALT LAKE CITY — Last year, an attempt to change Utah's Government Records Access and Management Act led to a raucus Capitol Hill rally, outraged editorials and citizens throughout...
From the Mail Tribune : SALEM — A bill that would close off the records of those who hold concealed handgun licenses in Oregon easily passed the House, but its future in the Senate is, again,...
A few open government and FOIA news items selected from many of interest that we might or might not have drawn attention to earlier: "Why I'm Suing the FBI, the DoD and the CIA" Over the past year, I...
From Summerville Patch : Raising the hackles of watchdogs throughout the state, Rep. Chris Murphy of Summerville has proposed amendments to the state's Freedom of Information Act statute "to protect...
From The Roanoke Times : A state Senate committee killed legislation Wednesday that would put concealed handgun permit records off-limits to the public at local courthouses. House Bill 25 would have...
From NextGov : The Homeland Security Department monitors social media sites, blogs and online comment threads to gather "situational awareness" about threats and emergencies, but it doesn't pull...
From The Wall Street Journal : New York City has been cleared to release performance reports for thousands of teachers after a state court on Tuesday declined to hear a final appeal from the city’s...
From ACLU : Today the ACLU filed a batch of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to learn more about the government's practice of reading people's email, text messages and other private...