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Government transparency could be getting even worse, according to Citizens United and the American Civil Liberties Union. “I think the state of transparency is getting worse in a lot of respects and...
According to a joint status report from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the State Department has informed Citizens United that they need 45 years to fulfill a FOIA...
The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is supposed to be the watchdog for how public officials behave. They slapped big fines on former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his fiancee, Cylvia Hayes, for...
Read the latest newsletter of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition , a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping Coloradans understand and use their rights of access to the records and...
News Release: MIDLAND — The Mackinac Center Legal Foundation and Virginia Tech Professor Marc Edwards launched a lawsuit today against Wayne State University for deliberately ignoring multiple Freedom...
WASHINGTON — Three former aides to Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt confirmed to congressional investigators that the EPA delayed producing emails and other government documents...
NORMAN — The former chief legal counsel at the University of Oklahoma has filed an Open Records Act lawsuit against the OU Foundation. Fred Gipson is seeking records about a proposed project in north...
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has filed a lawsuit against the city of Bel Ridge alleging Sunshine Law violations. The suit, which was filed in the St. Louis County circuit court, said the...
Public records obtained under the D.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) have again been useful in reporting and advocacy in recent weeks. Police stops . Black Lives Matter and other community groups...
(CNN) People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is preparing to sue the US Department of Agriculture and the Animal Health Inspection Service to obtain records of Animal Welfare Act enforcement...
The judiciary Thursday announced that the public would be able to access some court documents online once the $15 million electronic case filing system is implemented over the next few years, but that...
A superior court judge in San Juan ordered the government of Puerto Rico on Tuesday to release detailed data on every single death recorded on the island since Hurricane Maria made landfall in late...
Transparency has been a touchy topic for Mayor de Blasio. A champion of open government while serving as public advocate , he has been less willing to let the sunlight into City Hall as mayor. While...
When it comes to capturing and archiving text messages, a recent survey from Smarsh found many government agencies are not keeping up with best practices required to satisfy public records requests....
Elected officials secretly texting each other during public meetings may or may not become a problem requiring a statewide fix. But it's happening enough that a Virginia transparency panel may soon...