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Posted Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:47am in fmulhauser's blog
Rewriting the law to end the independence of the D.C. Office of Open Government this summer, the D.C.
Posted Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 9:53am in fmulhauser's blog
Where to locate schools in D.C. shouldn’t be hard, but rational plans for building and remodeling have eluded city officials for years. And even when the D.C.
Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:29pm in fmulhauser's blog
Patrick Madden of WAMU-FM reports today (19) on District of Columbia police conduct using data from almost 500...
Posted Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 4:24pm in fmulhauser's blog
As the firehose of information swells apace, many organizations and outlets are providing a handy aggregator (21st century term for "clipping service") so you can quickly catch up on a lot.  Here's the Open Government...
Posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 3:02am in fmulhauser's blog
New data on public requests in 2017 for video from D.C. police body-worn cameras show volume and costs remain far less than forecast during the heated debate in 2015. 
Posted Monday, July 2, 2018 - 11:35pm in fmulhauser's blog
Without hearings or discussion, the D.C. Council has rewritten the law to weaken key protections for the independence of the Office of Open Government and its director. The office enforces open meeting requirements for...
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 7-30-18: In a six-hour hearing the proposed new data and research hub for D.C.
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...
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