by Matthew Schafer

The Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, is getting its groove back. That law, intended to secure to “the people” the right “to know what their government is up to,” allows you, me, anyone to request public records from federal agencies. The Supreme Court has cautioned us that it “should not be dismissed as a […] more »

by Waldo Jaquith

A rich source of information about laws is found in the history data that accompanies each law in most states, but you’ve probably never noticed it. For example, Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act has a series of exemptions spelled out in § 2.2-3705.1 which has a cryptic series of numbers listed below the law, in […] more »

by Daniel X. O'Neil

Today President Obama issued two eloquent orders with the following subject lines: “Freedom of Information Act” and “Transparency and Open Government”. Published on the first full day of his presidency, they constitute a sweeping manifesto about how he wants to govern at the Federal level. Those leading municipal government in this country— mayors, commissioners, and […] more »

by David Ardia

(Written by Tuna Chatterjee, CMLP Staff Attorney.) It’s March and it’s Sunshine Week. This year, from March 16 – 22, the American Society of Newspaper Editors is holding its annual initiative to raise public consciousness on the need for open government. The name “Sunshine Week” is derived from the late Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’s […] more »

by David Ardia

In one of his last executive actions of the year, President Bush signed into law the “OPEN Government Act of 2007“ on December 31, 2007. The Senate unanimously passed the reform bill earlier in December, and it passed the House of Representatives by voice vote on December 18. The Associated Press is reporting that Bush […] more »