Crash course in transparency proposed for MN local governments

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Budget and Spending, Government Waste, Local Government, Minnesota, News, Open Records, State Government  /  No Comments

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It’s no secret we’re attached to our tablets, specifically our IPads. But so are thousands of local government officials, who rely on another IPAD — the state’s Information Policy Analysis Division — to comply with a greater volume of data and public information requests.

Under a bill before the 2015 Minnesota Legislature, government officials across Minnesota would undergo a sort of crash IPAD course in transparency requirements under the Minnesota Data Practices Act, Minnesota Open Meeting Law and data privacy statutes.

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The FBI and CIA: What’s a FOIA?

By   /  March 20, 2015  /  Censorship, National, Open Records, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Part 10 of 9 in the series Sunshine Week

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
This may be Sunshine Week for anyone seeking transparency in government, but for the feds — especially the intelligence agencies — it’s anything but.
With a stroke of a pen, President Obama made it official that his office is exempt from information disclosure. And former Secretary […]

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On Sunshine Week, GAB still operating in the dark

By   /  March 18, 2015  /  First Amendment, News, Open Records, Power Abuse, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Some government agencies are created unto darkness, while others have darkness thrust upon them.

The state Government Accountability Board would fit into the former and latter categories.

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Transparency laws affect Clintons, non-Clintons alike

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  National, News, Ohio, Open Records  /  No Comments

Photo credit: Hillary Clinton, via Twitter

Government transparency is in some ways the opposite of government waste: everyone claims to support transparency, and it seldom happens by accident.

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Shades of Hillary: Virginia officials use personal email for government business

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Local Government, News, Open Records, Transparency, Virginia  /  No Comments

HIDING THE BALL? Use of private email for government business circumvents the public record.

Public officials around Virginia use their personal email for official correspondence — exposing weaknesses in the state’s open-records laws.

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Public-private SBA firms capitalize in secret

By   /  March 11, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, National, News, Open Records, Virginia  /  No Comments

PRAYING FOR PROFITS: Maria Contreras-Sweet, founder of a community bank in Los Angeles, chairs the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Government-approved Small Business Investment Companies are gambling taxpayer dollars behind a wall of state secrecy.

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