Thank you, Dixon Lunch sponsors and guests!

We had another terrific First Amendment Dixon Lunch this year, thanks to our inspiring awardees, compelling keynote speaker and engaged attendees! We honored Dr. Annette Marie Rodriguez with the education award for her work exposing waste and corruption at Northern New Mexico College. The Santa Fe New Mexican’s chief political reporter, Steve Terrell, received an Read More …

New Mexico Foundation for Open Government audits cities for IPRA Compliance

ALBUQUERQUE — The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG) today released the results of its audit to determine compliance by municipalities with public records requests. The Inspection of Public Records Act requests (IPRAs) were sent by a third party to New Mexico’s 49 largest cities. The requester sought copies of any IPRA logs kept Read More …

FOG ALERT: Special session budget discussions must be public

This afternoon, the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government issued the following statement in regard to the proposed special legislative session to address the budget shortfall: July 29, 2016 The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government urges New Mexico legislators to open all meetings in connection with the budgetary shortfall to the public, whether such 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 …

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‚Äôs 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 …

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 …

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 …

Sunshine Week Legislative Recap

Recent Legislative Session Casts Shadow on Sunshine Week, Editorial by New Mexico Foundation for Open Government President Greg Williams. Closed-door budget talks and a failed effort to create a transparent ethics commission largely shaded the recent New Mexico Legislative session from sunlight, but 2016 did see two incremental victories for transparency. Sunshine Week is March Read More …