FOG Sends Letter to Legislative Leadership

FOG has received complaints from the media and the public following a closed-door meeting of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee. As a result, FOG has emailed and hand delivered a letter to Speaker of the House Don L. Tripp and Senate President Pro Tempore Mary Kay Papen urging the Legislature to (1) clarify ambiguous language Read More …

2015 FOG Year In Review

Your generosity and enthusiasm for transparency have helped make FOG’s 25th-anniversary year a tremendous success. FOG fights for your right to know throughout New Mexico, and we do it on an annual budget of just over $100,000, with only our full-time executive director, Susan Boe; our part-time membership director, Shannon Kunkel; and our panel of Read More …

Center for Public Integrity Gives New Mexico a D-

UPDATED: Listen to the KUNM call-in show with Gwyneth Doland analyzing New Mexico’s scorecard. A new scorecard released by The Center for Public Integrity today gave New Mexico an overall ‘D-‘ for transparency and accountability in state government. Most troubling, our state received an ‘F’ for Public Access to Information. The study illustrates the need for Read More …

Did diocese’s auctioneer mislead bankruptcy judge?

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., Oct. 14, 2015   By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola Independent correspondent religion@gallupindependent.com   ALBUQUERQUE — When U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David T. Thuma made his decision not to invalidate the Diocese of Gallup’s property auction in Albuquerque after the public and media were barred from attending, Thuma said he based his Read More …

New Mexico open government group marks 25th birthday

Article by By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer Casting a light on the public’s business – by opening records and meetings – has been the goal of the nonprofit New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Either by persuasion or through legal action, the nonpartisan group has Read More …

Thank you, Santa Fe and sponsors!

We had a soldout crowd for our first-ever Santa Fe event, “Don’t Stop the Presses! An evening to celebrate free speech.” We had such a great audience, and we could not have done it without the generosity of our sponsors. We are appreciative of the businesses, media outlets, and individuals who took a stand for Read More …

FOG Review of Government Websites

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has conducted an extensive review of New Mexico city and county websites.  The review is an opportunity to provide guidance to government bodies by identifying best practices for websites.  FOG is dedicated to ensuring that the public can easily access information from its government. The FOG audit examined Read More …

Congratulations, 2015 Dixon Award Honorees!

Four New Mexicans have been selected by our board of directors for FOG’s top honor – 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 defender of the First Amendment and the state’s sunshine laws. Read More …

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Transparency and the 2015 Legislative Session

Although the sun was at high noon when it ended, the 2015 Legislative Session won’t be remembered as the Sunshine Session. Cue the theme song from Sergio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” for a look at the 60 day term in the light of transparency. Proceedings started on a high and good Read More …

UPDATED: Public Comment Bill Moves to House Floor

UPDATE (03/13/15): House Bill 378 to require the opportunity for public comment in public meetings received a “do pass” from the House Judiciary Committee and will advance to the House floor for a vote.  With only a week remaining in the session, amendments to the bill are still pending for debate and time is of Read More …