CLE set for December 10

Open Records in the Time of Covid Click here to register. FOG’s Continuing Legal Education half-day seminar, “Open Records in the Time of Covid,” is set for December 10.  The in-class version will be limited to the first 20 registrants and others are invited to attend the training virtually. The onsite class will be held Read More …

Ready for a new challenge? Apply for the FOG Executive Director position

Summary:The FOG Executive Director is responsible for all administrative, fundraising, community outreach, advocacy, communication and financial responsibilities as outlined below. This person will be charged with a wide range of responsibilities from responding to hotline inquiries related to New Mexico’s inspection of public records act and open meeting laws along with posting regularly on social Read More …

Titan Of Journalism Martin Baron to Keynote Annual Dixon Awards

2021 William S. Dixon Awards Event October 7, 2021. Get your tickets here He’s been called a hero, a legendary journalist, and the ultimate old-school editor. When he retired this year from a 40-plus-year career, a billionaire, Hollywood moguls and news media elite attended his retirement sendoff. Now, retired Washington Post Editor Martin Baron will Read More …

We have the right to know

In the interesting and trying days that are upon us it seems that everyone has an opinion of our federal, state and even local governments and are more than willing to share that opinion. While these discussions make for exciting dinner conversation, it seems that citizens have forgotten we have a “right to know” what Read More …

Nominations are now open for 2021 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Awards

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award – given to those who believe in government transparency at the state or local level – and who have made significant contributions to casting sunshine (transparency) on government operations in New Mexico.  Award Read More …

The Business Case for Open Government, and the Governance for Open Business

by Charles “Kip” Purcell             Thirty-odd years ago, a champion of government transparency was lectured by a legislator who insisted that no one really cared what the government did behind closed doors, other than a special-interest group known as the press.             The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government was founded in the wake of Read More …

NMFOG kicks off fundraising campaign aimed at strengthening the public’s right to know

The New Mexico Foundation for  Open Government (NMFOG) has officially kicked off a fundraising campaign aimed at strengthening the 31-year-old organization’s efforts to increase the public’s right to know. NMFOG’s goal is to raise $300,000 in “seed” money, which will pay for a dedicated attorney for two years as well as establishing a reserve fund Read More …

NMFOG files Amicus Brief asking for reversal of lower court decision concerning Police Disciplinary records

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG) has filed an amicus brief (friend of court brief) urging the New Mexico Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling protecting Santa Fe City police disciplinary records from release to the Santa Fe Reporter under the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). NMFOG was joined Read More …

Judge rules against APS in IPRA lawsuit fines school district $400,000

Second Judicial District Court Judge Nancy Franchini has determined the Albuquerque Public School District (APS) failed to turn over public records in a timely manner and did not adhere to statutory deadlines in its response to requests for documents related to former Superintendent Winston Books’ departure. The Judge has ordered APS to pay more than Read More …

Governor signs bill reforming process for capital outlay allocations

Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham took the state in a positive direction on April 7, 2021, with the signing of House Bill 55, publication of capital outlay allocations, making New Mexico’s public infrastructure funding process transparent. House Bill 55 will reform the capital outlay process resulting in the production of a searchable list identifying the projects sponsored Read More …

House Bill 55 adding transparency to Capital Outlay passes first hurdle

House Bill 55, making New Mexico’s public infrastructure funding process transparent, passed the House State Government, Elections, and Indian Affairs Committee today on a unanimous vote. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration. The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG) testified in the committee today in support of the bill sponsored Read More …

2020 Dixon Event Sponsors

FOG extends its thanks and gratitude to the following organizations for sponsoring the 2020 Dixon Awards. Sponsors include: Albuquerque Journal Carl Baldwin, LLC KOAT TV-7 New Mexico Broadcasters Association New Mexico Press Association Rio Grande Sun NM First Rodey Law Firm

Tickets now on sale

Tickets are now available for the 2020 Dixon Virtual Event. Click here to purchase your tickets. Tickets are $60 each, which includes a one-year membership to FOG or $30 for just the virtual event attendance. Tables of 14 are available for $600.  All proceeds benefit the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, a 501(c)(3) New Read More …

Judge’s ruling disappointing

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) is disappointed with Judge Joshua Allison’s determination today in the case NM Restaurant Association, et al., v. NM Department of Health, et al.D-202-CV-2020-04272. FOG believes that providing the public with access to information about the workings of government results in better government. The Inspection of Public Records Read More …

2020 Nominations for Dixon Awards

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) is now accepting nominations for the 2020 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award – given to those who believe in government transparency at the state or local level – and who have made significant contributions to casting sunshine (transparency) on government operations in New Mexico.  (See Read More …

Sunshine in government

by Morgan Smith, FOG member Back on November 7, 1972 Colorado’s voters passed Colorado Initiative 9, better known as the Colorado Sunshine Law, a citizen approved statute that requires that any state or local governmental body that meets to discuss public business or to take formal action do so in meetings that are open to Read More …

PERA admits to OMA violation

An attorney for the state’s Public Employee Retiree Association admitted the board violated the Open Meetings Act at its May meeting. The admission came in response to a compliant FOG filed with New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Wednesday. See the letter here In a letter addressed to the Attorney General, PERA Attorney John Read More …

Finding solutions together

by Susan Boe The COVID-19  crisis has shown how quickly life can change.  But it also has shown how much we need one another, that we are a community, looking out for one another, taking care of one another and being responsible for and to one another.  Because of that commitment to our neighbors, we Read More …