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OGIS Releases Assessment of Secret Service FOIA Program

July 27, 2016 2:01 PM

Today we are releasing a report on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program at the United States Secret Service (USSS), the fifth in our series of assessments of FOIA programs at components of the Department of Homeland Security. Like other OGIS reports on agency FOIA program assessments, the report includes findings and recommendations about the USSS FOIA Program. Read more »



NEFAC Cautions Maine CDC on Dangers of Proposed Health Data Disclosure Restrictions

July 26, 2016 12:30 PM

The New England First Amendment Coalition urged the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention today to reconsider proposed policy changes that would severely curtail the right of Maine residents to know the location of disease outbreaks in their communities. Read more »



Roll Over: Charlottesville Reluctantly Reveals Attorney Wolf’s Hourly Rate

July 26, 2016 12:25 PM

Just days after threat of legal action by The Schilling Show and attorney, Matt Hardin, Charlottesville City Hall has released an un-redacted copy of attorney Tom Wolf’s contract. Wolf has been retained by the city to confiscate property belonging to Mark Brown and the Charlottesville Parking Center through an attempted manipulation of eminent domain. Read more »



Chief FOIA Officers Council meets for the first time

July 26, 2016 12:04 PM

The Chief FOIA Officers Council, charged with addressing the most important difficulties in administering FOIA across government, met for the first time July 22 to begin the process of implementing a “release to one is a release to all” standard for federal records.

The policy would make agencies release FOIA-processed records to one requester and simultaneously to the general public by posting them online. Continue... Read more »



Ramsey receives TPA Open Government Award

July 25, 2016 2:22 PM

The Tennessee Press Association has awarded three members of the state General Assembly its 2016 Open Government Award for their support of government transparency. Read more »



Op-Ed: Governments Are Better at Fiscal Transparency, but There's More to Do (Industry Perspective)

July 25, 2016 2:18 PM

Since the federal Freedom of Information Act was enacted in 1966, transparency has become even more of a hot-button issue across the public sector. All 50 states and many local governments now have their own FOIA laws as well. But while these mandates for transparency enjoy broad support, agencies at all levels of government have limped along in their attempts to abide by them. Read more »



Washington: Madore’s Facebook page raises questions

July 25, 2016 12:59 PM

Clark County Councilor David Madore‘s preferred form of communication with constituents — his often controversial Facebook page — has raised questions about the county’s handling of public records. Read more »



D.C. Agencies' FOIA Performance Slips in 2015; Problems Especially For Requesters Seeking Police Records - New Report

July 25, 2016 12:04 PM

Analysis of the 2015 data on over 70 D.C. agencies’ responses to requests for public records under the D.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) shows troubling trends, according to a new report just released.

In handling about 6,200 new requests, compared to the prior year D.C. agencies granted fewer, rejected more, took longer doing so, and were more often wrong. Continue...

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Who Really Runs Your City?

July 22, 2016 2:08 PM

Over the past decade, the city of Chicago has sold off more of its public infrastructure and services than any other city in the U.S. It is the poster child for privatization—for privatization gone wrong.

In 2006, the city leased four major parking garages to a Morgan Stanley-led firm for $563 million. In 2009, Morgan Stanley sued the city for threatening its profits by allowing a nearby building to open a public garage. Chicago had to pay $62 million to settle. Continue... Read more »



Training will teach Kansans on open government laws

July 22, 2016 12:10 PM

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office and members of the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government will provide free training sessions on open government laws across the state next month.

The training about the Kansas Open Records Act and the Kansas Open Meetings Act will be conducted by attorneys in Schmidt’s office. Panelists will include Kansas Sunshine Coalition members, local government officials and members of the media. Continue... Read more »



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