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Op-Ed: Court wrong to make police mugshots private

July 29, 2016 12:10 PM

This month, the U.S. Freedom of Information Act turned 50. But the passage of time has not slowed the pace of threads toward it and, transitively, toward the American public. Read more »



Municipal Analytics, the Startup Way

July 29, 2016 11:46 AM

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State Department Releases Annual Fiscal Transparency Report - 2016

July 29, 2016 11:40 AM

On July 28, 2016, the State Department released the 2016 Fiscal Transparency Report pursuant to section 7031(b) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2016 (Div. K, P.L.114-113) (“the Act”). The report found that 76 of 140 governments reviewed by the Department met minimum requirements of fiscal transparency. Eight governments found not to meet minimum requirements made significant progress toward meeting minimum requirements. The Department continued to update and strengthen the minimum requirements, as required by law. Read more »



Tim Kaine's Position on Open Government

July 28, 2016 2:23 PM

Now that Senator Tim Kaine has joined the presidential ticket, his long public career is receiving new scrutiny. One aspect of that career is Kaine’s record on open government.  Read more »



Proposed rule: Wyoming to charge for public records access

July 28, 2016 1:37 PM

Wyoming state government is considering a proposed rule to allow state agencies to charge the public for staff time required to respond to requests to inspect electronic records. Read more »



Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signs law boosting fines for FOIA non-compliance

July 28, 2016 1:31 PM

A new state law will make it expensive for local governments that choose not to comply with orders to turn over documents ruled public under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Read more »



Straight Talk from Staffers on the Growing Congressional IT Crisis

July 28, 2016 11:45 AM

Are you better off now than you were three years ago? If you work in the U.S. Congress, probably not. Your workload has skyrocketed, your job has only gotten more complex, and what you’re paid is peanuts, considering you do one of the most difficult and important jobs in the United States of America. Read more »



Colorado Transparency News

July 27, 2016 3:42 PM

View highlights from the blog and news feed from Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition here.

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How an open data blogger proved the NYPD issued parking tickets in error

July 27, 2016 2:23 PM

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg once called the New York Police Department “the seventh biggest army in the world”. Whether or not that stat is true, there’s no doubt the NYPD is a large and powerful organisation – and, as current mayor Bill de Blasio learned last year, it does not always take criticism well. Read more »



In San Diego, push to include city workers' private devices under public records law fails

July 27, 2016 2:18 PM

A yearslong push in San Diego to include city workers’ use of private devices for government business under the state’s public records law just hit another major snag, frustrating open government advocates and city lawmakers. Read more »



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