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Openness, transparency and frankly, to be honest

By Rhonda Bletner Editor The Mountain Press (Sevierville, Tennessee) In recognition of Sunshine Week, a week that emphasizes the importance of open government, The Mountain Press shared some guest opinions to demonstrate our support. Those guest opinions illustrate the significance

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Federal grant funding obscures how government is funded, diffuses accountability

By DAVE DALEY For close to a year now, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute has been wrestling with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to obtain a report on what steps, if any, HUD took to stop misuse

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PIO Censorship in the Era of Trump

By Kathryn Foxhall SPJ’s FOI Committee President Trump has already labeled major press outlets the “fake news media” and the “enemy of the people.” His administration has blocked major news outlets from a briefing because it didn’t like what they

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How to Get Involved

Launched in 2005, Sunshine Week has grown into an enduring annual initiative to promote open government and push back against excessive official secrecy. Citizens from across the country are now gearing up for this year’s Sunshine Week – March 12-18

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True Disclosure Demands Full Accountability

By Edwin Bender Executive Director National Institute on Money in State Politics (FollowTheMoney.org) With its Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly articulated the value of disclosure and transparency to the health of our democracy. After all,

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Young People and the Right to Information

By Mary Treacy The right to know is the birthright of every child born in this democracy. The challenge is to recognize and nurture that right, to inculcate the attitudes and skills that make it a reality. The welfare of

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Posting FOIA Releases Online Saves Agencies Time and Money

By Lauren Harper FOIA Expert National Security Archive The silver lining of the Hillary Clinton email debacle is that the Department of State is well positioned to post all of Clinton’s emails online for the public to view after it

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Sunshine Week column

By Gary Pruitt President and CEO The Associated Press It’s getting harder and more expensive to use public records to hold government officials accountable. Authorities are undermining the laws that are supposed to guarantee citizens’ right to information, turning the

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Cost-related access challenges, solutions in 18 states

By The Associated Press Some recent developments regarding the cost of seeking access to information: CALIFORNIA The state Department of Motor Vehicles estimated a minimum charge of $19,950 in response to an Associated Press reporter’s request last fall to determine

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