The NFOIC open government blog is a compendium of original concepts and analysis as well as ideas, edited excerpts and materials from a variety of sources. When the information comes from another source, we will attribute it and provide a link. The blog relies on the accuracy and integrity of the original sources cited; we will correct errors and inaccuracies when we become aware of them.

For Advocate posts prior to July, 2011, visit http://foiadvocate.blogspot.com/.
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October 9, 2017 3:06 PM
California Governor Jerry Brown on Oct 9 signed state legislation requiring drug companies to report certain price hikes for prescription medicines in a move that could set a model for other states could follow. Read more...
October 9, 2017 12:59 PM

With citizen interest in establishing open data governance body in mind, Memphis CIO Rodriguez told Government Technology that enhancing the city’s open data efforts has become a priority in the early days of his tenure, building on work that was underway when he arrived. Indeed, establishing a comprehensive open data portal has been a priority in Memphis for some time now, as Mayor Jim Strickland reminded the city in a recent Facebook post. Read more...

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October 6, 2017 1:15 PM

The Federal government is finding new ways to make Federal spending data more transparent to citizens by launching the Treasury Department’s Data Lab, and considering a bill that would add open data requirements to Federal grants. Read more...

October 5, 2017 11:02 AM

 

The judicial committee figuring out how to finally digitize Maine court records has recommended spending up to $15 million on a system that would block the public from accessing most court documents online, even though they are public and available at courthouses. Read more...

maine open records
October 4, 2017 2:22 PM
To help requesters understand why an agency’s response may be delayed, we thought it might be useful to give you all a quick guide to where you can find statistics about an agency’s FOIA performance, and give you a few helpful hints on how to use these resources. Read more...
October 4, 2017 2:13 PM

The Madison city announced an interactive data tool Tuesday for residents to get a better idea of how the city is using its money. Read more...

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October 3, 2017 10:02 AM

The Office of Open Government ruled that the D.C. Public Charter School Board violated city laws by not giving the public adequate notice about the vote or enough time to submit testimony. The Office of Open Government did not, however, in any of its four recommendations to the board, require that the board void the decision and take another vote. Read more...

October 3, 2017 9:52 AM

The U.S. Department of Justice identified 400 pages of documents related to its Community Oriented Policing Services office’s actions in the wake of the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, but a vast majority were either totally or partially redacted before being released under the Freedom of Information Act. Read more...

October 2, 2017 11:43 AM

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued a 90-day suspension to a former city of Chicago lawyer accused of withholding information in a civil case stemming from a fatal police shooting, according to a recently released decision. Read more...

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September 29, 2017 2:16 PM
Kittitas County commissioners are considering opening up union negotiations to the public.
 
The proposal follows a request made by the Freedom Foundation in June.
 
Under the Washington Open Public Meetings Act, all public agencies — including cities and counties — must make their meetings accessible to the public. The act exempts labor negotiations from open public meetings requirements, and talks with unions usually aren’t open to the public. Read more...
September 29, 2017 2:05 PM

The FOIA requires agency Chief FOIA Officers to report to the Attorney General on their performance in implementing the law.  Accordingly, since 2009, the Department of Justice has directed agency Chief FOIA Officers to “review all aspects of their agencies’ FOIA administration” and to report annually to the Department of Justice on the efforts undertaken “to improve FOIA operations and facilitate information disclosure at their agencies.”  Every year, OIP provides specific guidance to agencies on the content and timing of agency Chief FOIA Officer Reports and we have issued the guidelines for agency 2018 Chief FOIA Officer Reports. Read more...

September 28, 2017 11:12 AM

The University of Louisville board of trustees clearly violated open meetings laws by having a series of one-on-one phone conversations about how to deal with the fallout from the FBI investigation into a college basketball pay for play scheme, says a leading First Amendment lawyer. Read more...

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