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COLUMBIA, Mo. (July 20, 2011) – A Wisconsin village’s abrupt dismissal of its administrator, still unexplained to the public two months since the action was taken in a closed-door meeting of the...
from amNewYork : The public’s “right to know” has become the public’s right to wait — and in some cases, getting information from government agencies is a process that can drag on for months without a...
COLUMBIA, Mo. (July 18, 2011) – The Knight FOI Fund, a legal war chest administered by the National Freedom of Information Coalition ( NFOIC ), has awarded a $5,000 grant to support a Florida lawsuit...
It is well under the radar, but another important open government case may be making its way to the U.S . Supreme Court. If the justices of the Court decide to take it, the case will center on whether...
From OMB Watch 's new executive director, Katherine McFate: I am proud to take the helm of this important organization. That OMB Watch is so widely respected for its timely, accurate policy analysis...
from Amazon.com : This book focuses on the enactment of rights to obtain government information and on the unreported and unprecedented life and times of John Moss, one of the towering leaders of the...
from The Detroit News : A University of Michigan professor allegedly targeted in a smear campaign by President George W. Bush's administration sued the CIA and FBI [Wednesday]. U-M Professor Juan Cole...
A new audit by OpenTheGovernment.org suggests that eight out of ten federal agencies have taken at least some steps since Sunshine Week to make readily available information about their staffs,...
From OMB Watch : On June 13, President Obama signed an executive order ( E.O .) initiating the "Campaign to Cut Waste." The E.O ., titled " Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable...
From the Idaho Reporter : One national group that urges people to “follow the money” when it comes to state politics says Idaho’s sunshine law for lobbyists leaves out some key information that other...
A Native American newspaper in a remote area of northern California has learned the hard way that First Amendment’s safeguards do not necessarily apply on a tribal reservation. The two-person staff of...
The Israeli Parliament recently passed legislation to bar public calls for a boycott against Israel or its West Bank settlements, according to the New York Times. The law’s supporters said it was...
The state of Vermont has taken a big step in the direction of more open government by amending its FOI law to allow for awards of attorney's fees to successful requesters. Why does this matter?...