Some Texas open records now closed in wake of state Supreme Court ruling

By   /  July 30, 2015  /  News, Open Records, Texas, Transparency  /  No Comments

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By Steve Miller | Texas Watchdog
An economic development group in Fort Bend County is no longer subject to the state’s open records law in the wake of a game-changing state Supreme Court ruling in June.
The Texas Attorney General Office’s open records division has ruled the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council is not a public body, reversing […]

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No one protects Gov. Christie from himself, despite costly security

By   /  July 16, 2015  /  New Jersey, Open Records, Politics, Politics & Elections, Transparency  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

State troopers guard Chris Christie as he travels the nation to run for president, yet no one seems able to protect the governor from his own choices.

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Legislative letter concocted to skirt RFP process, expedite money to Lake Champlain Chamber

By   /  July 10, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, Misuse of funds, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A letter of legislative intent being used to justify a $100,000 no-bid award given to the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce was conceived by Vermont’s commerce secretary and the chamber president to skirt a request-for-proposal process and expedite funds.

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Data breach victimizes veteran; questions whether gov’t has his back

By   /  July 3, 2015  /  Accountability, Federal Government, Minnesota, Technology, Transparency  /  No Comments

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Staff Sgt. Dave Thul thought his days in harm’s way ended when he retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard. But on Independence Day 2015, the 22-year military veteran is on the front lines of a cybersecurity war, a fight for which he never volunteered.

The Owatonna vet ranks among at least 4.2 million current and former federal employees whose personal data was compromised in a massive online attack, which some have linked to Chinese hackers.

He questions whether the government has his back.

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Vermont business groups question $100,000 awarded to Burlington-based chamber of commerce

By   /  June 30, 2015  /  Accountability, Issues, Misuse of funds, News, Open Records, Transparency, Vermont  /  No Comments

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Business development groups in Vermont are demanding to know how a $100,000 appropriation for fostering business with Quebec was awarded exclusively to Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, according to emails obtained by Vermont Watchdog.

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Contest for controller’s office ugly but important for taxpayers

By   /  June 3, 2015  /  Accountability, Budget and Spending, PA Independent, Pennsylvania, Politics, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Transparency, Video, Wasteful spending  /  1 Comment

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On primary election day, voters in Allegheny County decided they were concerned with how their tax dollars are spent. They re-elected a controller who’s insisted on not just checking the numbers, but also looking at efficiency.

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