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DoD could get ‘blank check’ to deny FOIA requests, groups say

August 30, 2016 2:42 PM

Almost 40 interest groups are appealing to Congress to nix a provision in a defense policy bill that would give the Pentagon more control over what information it wants to release to the public. Read more »

MU professor, AG candidate argues his emails are not public record

August 30, 2016 2:36 PM

An MU law professor and candidate for Missouri's attorney general pushed back against a lawsuit filed against him over an open records request.

Josh Hawley won the Republican nomination for the spot earlier this month, amidst a contentious race against state Sen. Kurt Schaefer by more than 30 points. He will face former Cass County prosecutor Teresa Hensley in the November primary. Continue... Read more »

Colorado Transparency News

August 30, 2016 2:21 PM

Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition Highlights from the blog and news feed Aug. 29, 2016.  View...

OGIS Embraces Transparency

August 25, 2016 2:13 PM

Conventional wisdom holds that one strategy for improving the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process is to routinely publish agency records that might be of interest to the public. The term of art FOIA enthusiasts use for publishing agency information before anyone makes a FOIA request is proactive disclosure.

We at OGIS make it a priority to help the public better understand our work by making certain types of information available. Continue... Read more »

Both Trump and Clinton criticized for lack of transparency

August 25, 2016 1:57 PM

The continued scrutiny over Hillary Clinton's emails is raising new questions about her candidness. But both she and her Republican opponent Donald Trump have been criticized by members of their own parties for failing to be open and transparent. Continue...


Shield laws and journalist’s privilege: The basics every reporter should know

August 25, 2016 1:50 PM

A federal judge has ordered Glenn Beck to disclose the names of confidential sources he used in his reporting that a Saudi Arabian man was involved in the Boston Marathon bombing. The man sued Beck for defamation after he was cleared of any involvement. Read more »

US Department of Labor: Delivering Value Consistent with Our Values

August 24, 2016 2:30 PM

Over the last seven years, President Obama has been committed to building an economy where, if you work hard and play by the rules, you have a decent shot at success. Read more »

Ohioans will have a new alternative when trying to get public records

August 24, 2016 2:23 PM

In little more than a month, Ohioans will have a new, cheap and quick appeals process to potentially leverage loose public records.

On Sept. 28, the Ohio Court of Claims will begin accepting complaints on the refusal to release records by government at all levels, from townships to the state. Continue...


Missouri: Absentee ballot applications and their envelopes are public record, St. Louis judge rules

August 24, 2016 2:20 PM

The St. Louis Election Board violated the law when it refused to provide copies of absentee ballot applications and ballot envelopes, a judge ruled Tuesday. Read more »

Pennsylvania launches new open data portal

August 23, 2016 3:19 PM

Pennsylvania has rolled out an interactive, open data portal where residents, researchers, media and app developers can easily access data sets from state agencies about mission-critical policies and programs. Read more »

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