School board members should communicate with constituents and the media

Transparency in government extends beyond open meetings and records. It requires that public officials openly communicate with the public they serve. The policy within the Santa Fe Public School Board prohibiting rank-and-file members from making public statements, and instead relying on the school board president to be the sole spokesperson for the entire body, is fundamentally at odds with the principles of transparency and accountability. Read More …

Transparency at the heart of FOG work

This letter was sent to the leadership in the New Mexico Legislature on Dec. 15, 2021 December 15, 2021 Hon. Peter Wirth                                                        sent via email   [email protected] Mexico LegislatureSanta Fe, NM Dear Senator Wirth, Transparency is at the heart of everything we do at the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG).  The New Mexico’s Legislature Read More …

2021’s Covid Crisis May Have Boosted More Accessible Legislature

        By Heather Ferguson, Executive Director, Common Cause New Mexico, NMFOG Board Member Ever since the 1970s, when Americans woke up to the dangers of government secrecy thanks to Watergate and Vietnam, the value of transparency in public policymaking has become more and more apparent. Bad things are more likely to happen in darkness, not Read More …

Cancelled

Open Records in the Time of Covid . FOG’s Continuing Legal Education half-day seminar, “Open Records in the Time of Covid,” is Cancelled,  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 at the Albuquerque Journal Auditorium, 7777 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 …