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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.
Posted Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:28pm in fmulhauser's blog
The Commission on Selection and Tenure (COST) is a little-known D.C. government committee (three lawyers, chosen one each by the mayor, the Council and the chief judge at Superior Court) that has total authority to...
Posted Sunday, November 5, 2017 - 6:38pm in fmulhauser's blog
Fox5 reporter Paul Wagner thought there were lots of good questions about what happened, so he asked for the investigation report on MPD Officer Jordan Palmer—the officer at the wheel in the police chase a year ago that...
Posted Monday, October 9, 2017 - 11:20pm in fmulhauser's blog
The D.C. mayor has lost a year-long battle to stave off defeat in a suit testing the enforcement powers in the District’s Open Meetings Act.
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