NFOIC Sponsored Research

NFOIC White Papers


Blueprint to Transparency: Analyzing Non-compliance and Enforcement of Open Records Laws in Select U.S. States (February 2020)

Legislating Open Government: The Prevalence of Transparency-Related Language in 2019 State Legislative Bills (January 2020)

Portal to Compliance: A Qualitative Analysis of Online Public Record Request Services in Major U.S. Cities (September 2019)

Beast or Burden: Nuisance, vexatious, or burdensome public records requests (December 2018)


Research Projects

The 360-degree FOI audit project reviewed state and local government agencies public record fees through a series of public record requests with follow up surveys and interviews. The inconsistency found in the findings across agencies demonstrate a need for better policies and procedures surrounding FOI administrative practices.  


National FOI Summit Papers

Countering the Privatization of Public Records: How Trade Secrets, Purported Competitive Harm and Third-Party Interventions Keep Government Business in the Dark,” by Amy Sanders, University of Texas-Austin, and Daxton “Chip” Stewart, Texas Christian University

The Effects and Efficacy of Online Public Records Request Portals for Agencies,” by Alexa Capeloto, City University of New York 

SLAPP-ing Back: Are Government Lawsuits Against Records Requesters Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation?” by Patrick C. File and Leah Wigren, University of Nevada, Reno 

"Access to Government Officials in the Age of Social Media," by Katie Blevins, University of Idaho, and Kearston Lee Wesner, Quinnipiac University

"‘Drag This Out’: Fixing FOI Searches, a Tantalizing Solution to Improving FOI Delays," by Nate Jones, National Security Archive

"A Constitutional Right to Public Information," by Chad Marzen," Florida State University

"Privacy vs. Transparency: Tracing Home Address Exemptions in State FOI Laws," by Jodie Mozdzer Gil, Southern Connecticut State University

"Out from the Curtains of Secrecy: Private University Police Records and State Open Records Laws," by Josh Moore, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

"‘Opening the State House Doors’: Examining Trends in Public Access to Legislative Records," by Ryan Mulvey and James Valvo, Cause of Action Institute

"Social Media Use and Political Engagement: A Social Network Analysis of Individuals’ use of Twitter to Discuss Freedom of Information in the United States," by Kayla Schwoerer, Rutgers University

"Assessing Badgers’ Right to Know: Auditing Wisconsin Public Record Law," by A.Jay Wagner, Marquette University

"Washington State’s Public Records Act: A Battle in the Legislature and Beyond," by Peggy Watt, Western Washington University