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Posted Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:18am in fmulhauser's blog
Public records obtained from D.C. agencies under the local Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) have again in recent months been useful for those trying to understand and improve our government. Read on as we run down how...
Posted Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 12:00am in fmulhauser's blog
Only a few days remain until a final D.C. Council vote in early June that could strip the Office of Open Government of its role as independent watchdog over open meetings, public records requests and government...
Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 12:00am in fmulhauser's blog
 new twist on transparency: if the D.C. Council asks the executive to collect some data, but it doesn't happen, does the public have a legal claim that it had a right to that data? Or (if the delay is several years)...
Posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 12:00am in fmulhauser's blog
UPDATE 6/18/18: The Council will hold a hearing on the bill as soon as July.
Posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 9:26am in fmulhauser's blog
Voting Tuesday (15) for a measure to place the beleaguered Office of Open Government squarely under the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA), the Council abandoned the concept of “an independent agency...
Posted Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:38pm in fmulhauser's blog
A new twist on transparency: if the D.C. Council asks the executive to collect some data, but it doesn't happen, does the public have a legal claim that it had a right to that data? Or that agency action is unreasonably...
Posted Monday, April 23, 2018 - 6:48pm in fmulhauser's blog
UPDATE: Budget passed at "first reading" (initial vote) today (May 15) includes $500,000 for DC Auditor to "incubate an education research consortium pilot." (Discussed in Council...
Posted Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 8:24pm in fmulhauser's blog
The D.C. Open Government Coalition testified Friday (13) against proposed budget cuts for the Office of Open Government and in favor of a separate board of directors -- steps to "stop this dramatic, rapid weakening of a...
Posted Monday, April 9, 2018 - 3:40pm in fmulhauser's blog
A frustrated D.C. Council in 2016 ordered a new analysis of school-by-school enrollment, growth plans and needed building upgrades. The dream -- to end years of obscure renovation decisions by writing into law the data...
Posted Friday, February 9, 2018 - 2:20pm in fmulhauser's blog
D.C. February 9, 2018 -- Listing only plans to redefine the job of Office of Open Government director (adding performance measures and more reporting in), Tameka Collier, chair of the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government...
Posted Friday, January 26, 2018 - 7:07pm in fmulhauser's blog
The board of United Medical Center, the District’s last remaining public hospital, violated the law in voting in secret session December 13, 2017, to close the hospital obstetrics unit that serves a low-income area in...
Posted Thursday, January 4, 2018 - 6:29pm in fmulhauser's blog
A common call for help to the Coalition is from those denied a record they asked for under the D.C. public records law, the Freedom of Information Act or FOIA.
Posted Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 6:39pm in fmulhauser's blog
This week the board that oversees the District’s only public hospital, United Medical Center, met for a while in public but then pulled down the curtain and went out of sight.
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