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October 23, 2017 10:55 AM

Two members of President Trump's advisory commission on election integrity last week wrote letters to commission staff raising questions about the group's transparency, according to a new report on Oct 22. Read more...

transparency
October 23, 2017 10:55 AM

Two members of President Trump's advisory commission on election integrity last week wrote letters to commission staff raising questions about the group's transparency, according to a new report on Oct 22. Read more...

transparency
October 20, 2017 4:45 PM
For seven months, just over a thousand Washington, D.C., police officers were randomly assigned cameras — and another thousand were not. Researchers tracked use-of-force incidents, civilian complaints, charging decisions and other outcomes to see if the cameras changed behavior. But on every metric, the effects were too small to be statistically significant. Officers with cameras used force and faced civilian complaints at about the same rates as officers without cameras.
 
“These results suggest we should recalibrate our expectations” of cameras’ ability to make a “large-scale behavioral change in policing, particularly in contexts similar to Washington, D.C.,” concluded the study, which was led by David Yokum at the Lab @ DC, a team of scientists embedded in D.C. government, and Anita Ravishankar at D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department (M.P.D.). Read more...
Body cameras
October 20, 2017 4:45 PM
For seven months, just over a thousand Washington, D.C., police officers were randomly assigned cameras — and another thousand were not. Researchers tracked use-of-force incidents, civilian complaints, charging decisions and other outcomes to see if the cameras changed behavior. But on every metric, the effects were too small to be statistically significant. Officers with cameras used force and faced civilian complaints at about the same rates as officers without cameras.
 
“These results suggest we should recalibrate our expectations” of cameras’ ability to make a “large-scale behavioral change in policing, particularly in contexts similar to Washington, D.C.,” concluded the study, which was led by David Yokum at the Lab @ DC, a team of scientists embedded in D.C. government, and Anita Ravishankar at D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department (M.P.D.). Read more...
Body cameras
October 19, 2017 10:52 AM
Maryland is launching a new initiative to make information on the price and quality of health care more accessible to consumers through the website Wear the Cost. With the platform, the state has taken a decidedly different approach to improving transparency—one that engages consumers in a direct and ongoing conversation about health care costs, particularly the wide disparity among providers in terms of price and quality. Read more...
October 19, 2017 10:25 AM
Can members of the powerful panel that has the authority to put constitutional amendments directly on the November 2018 ballot discuss votes in secret and lobby each other?
 
That is the question Indian River County Commissioner Bob Solari has been trying to get answered for six months. Now, his failure to get an answer, he said, could spell trouble for the commission. Read more...
October 19, 2017 9:58 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A judge has fined a central Missouri prosecutor more than $12,000 for failing to provide records to a man doing research for the marijuana activist group Show-Me Cannabis. Read more...

October 19, 2017 9:54 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – A judge has fined a central Missouri prosecutor more than $12,000 for failing to provide records to a man doing research for the marijuana activist group Show-Me Cannabis. Read more...

October 18, 2017 11:59 AM
 
With a lot of sensitive issues up for discussion in New Canaan of late, the number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests are at a 10-year high says New Canaan Town Administrator Tom Stadler, who also oversees the finance department. Read more....
October 18, 2017 11:41 AM
Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, on October 17, 2017 announced legislation to try to change that and to have the government post the type, dollar-amount and recipients of tax credits. Read more...
October 18, 2017 11:37 AM

Bethlehem will soon be opening an internet portal through which a treasure trove of information — about things such as crime, demographics and traffic — it uses every day to make decisions will be opened up for public review. Read more...

October 18, 2017 11:20 AM

A lawsuit seeking disclosure of FBI files that may detail a U.S.-based support network for the 9/11 hijackers has reached a federal appeals court, which is being asked by a Florida online publication to order a Freedom of Information Act trial on the dispute. Read more...

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