It’s (way past) time for a scintillating links round-up of the best of FOIA blogging around the country. There are some blogs (see sidebar) that obsess over this subject day in and day out. When I do a links round-up, I try to focus on blogs we haven’t run across before that are writing about an open records story in their backyard.
All of these links lead to great stories. Let’s get started.
Scott Hodes notes a case of FOIA doing what it was designed to do.
Connecticut News Junkie: Public’s Right to Know prevails. This is a significant case involving the duty of private contractors to provide their information as would a public agency, when they are performing a governmental function.
North Lehigh Valley Logic: Open records won’t wait! This logical blogger notes that the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors now “extols and presume credit for” Pennsylvania’s new public records bill, which they steadfastly opposed when it was before the legislature.
Wigderson Library & Pub: Although blogger James Widgerson is reputed to be a member of a secretive and tiny cabal of right-wing bloggers in my homestate, he doesn’t hesitate to educate Republicans on their openness-and-accountability obligations.
FOI FYI: Looking for a conversation starter at your next social event? Ask your friends to guess how much they’d have to pay to get Missouri’s driver’s database.
Greensboro Politics: How much does the City of Greensboro pay suspended police officers. Hard to say.
Midland Issues on the Web: I’m going to coin a phrase that managers of government agencies can memorize. Firings lead to FOIAs.
Granite Grok: Letter of the law or spirit of the law? Skip asks a question I’ve wondered about. “Why is it that government, time and time again, demands much of the private sector and its citizenry, but protects itself from the same?” Being obstructionist about open records requests is a sure-fire recipe for causing this thought to occur to people. Professional and courteous production of records in response to requests enhances trust. The treatment many people get encourages cynicism and distrust.
A Chicago Blog:: A blogger looking for Arne Duncan’s credit card bills.
I’m going to do another links round-up on Thursday because there are so many other links worth looking at.