Transparency advocates sue Corizon Health for settlement agreements with prisoners

FOG, The Santa Fe New Mexican and the Albuquerque Journal today filed a Writ of Mandamus against Corizon Health asking the court to make public certain settlement documents between Corizon and inmates in the state’s prison system. Filed in the state district court in Santa Fe, the transparency lawsuit alleges that the documents are public Read More …

FOG announces the 2016 Dixon Award Winners

Four New Mexicans have been selected by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) to receive the organization’s top honor for open government – the Dixon First Amendment Award. Given since 2002, the award is in memory of FOG co-founder and longtime board member William S. Dixon, who was an Albuquerque attorney and leading Read More …

President Obama Signs FOIA Reform Bill on 50th Anniversary

Article from the Society of Professional Journalists: INDIANAPOLIS – The Society of Professional Journalists is thrilled that the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 has been signed by President Barack Obama as the 50th anniversary of the original FOIA law approaches. “We have a little something extra to celebrate this Fourth of July,” said SPJ National Read More …

FOG sends letter to lawmakers urging transparency in the state budget process

Today FOG sent each member of the New Mexico Legislature the following letter, insisting that the state budget be discussed in public, allowing citizens to hear the debate and weigh in on critical decisions affecting our state. We encourage you to contact your representatives and tell them you support an open budget process in accordance Read More …

FOG conducts IPRA Audit of Counties and State Agencies

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, NMFOG, has released the results of its audit to determine compliance by state agencies and counties with public records requests. The Inspection of Public Records Act requests (IPRAs) were sent by a third party to 122 New Mexico agencies and boards and all of the state’s 33 counties. Read More …

Nominate an open government hero!

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is now accepting nominations for the 2016 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award. The award, named for attorney and FOG co-founder the late William S. Dixon, is bestowed upon individuals or organizations in New Mexico who advance open government or free-speech rights in the areas of business, Read More …

New Mexico Earns C+ on Government Spending Transparency Study

FOLLOWING THE MONEY 2016: NEW REPORT RANKS ALL FIFTY STATES ON GOVERNMENT SPENDING TRANSPARENCY A new report by the United States Public Interest Research Group found that New Mexico falls in the middle of states for online disclosure of government spending. This seventh annual evaluation of state transparency websites finds that states continue to make Read More …

Victory for open meetings in Court of Appeals decision

In a decision filed Thursday, the New Mexico Court of Appeals held that committees appointed by public bodies must comply with the Open Meetings Act (OMA), and even when meetings are closed due to the attorney-client privilege, substantial OMA requirements still must be met. The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and the New Mexico Read More …

Ann Cooper will be FOG’s 2016 Dixon Lunch Keynote Speaker

FOG is pleased to announce that this year’s keynote address for the William S. Dixon First Amendment Lunch will be delivered by Ann Cooper on Wednesday, October 5 at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque. Ms. Cooper is an award-winning journalist and foreign correspondent with more than 25 years of radio and print reporting experience. Since Read More …

Sunshine Week AG Assessment

Enforcement of Sunshine Laws Under AG Balderas, During Sunshine Week FOG assesses AG responses to complaints, by Susan Boe, FOG Executive Director. After a bumpy start by his open government division, Attorney General Hector Balderas and his staff have issued almost three dozen opinion letters in the last three months in response to complaints about Read More …