FOG talks transparency with international visitors

Representatives from five Latin American countries–Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru and Paraguay–stopped in Santa Fe today (September 19) as part of their “transparency tour” through the United States. The visitors, which included journalists, a public official, an attorney and executives of NGOs, were part of the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the Bureau of Read More …

NMFOG seeks release of Brooks report; IPRA request filed

ALBUQUERQUE)—The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, FOG, today filed an Inspection of Public Records Act request asking for the investigation report prepared for the Albuquerque Public School Board about former Superintendent Winston Brooks. Last Friday, Brooks and APS entered into a settlement agreement in which Brooks resigned in return for a $350,000 payment by Read More …

What do you pay for electronic records?

The Inspection of Public Records Act, IPRA, is clear that whether a document is in paper or electronic form, it is still a public record and subject to inspection.  In a growing number of cases, public records may only be available in electronic form. IPRA 14-2-9 C limits charges for paper documents to no more Read More …

What does “immediately” mean?

When should public records be made available for inspection?  The New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act, IPRA, requires a record custodian to allow inspection of a public record “immediately or as soon as practicable under the circumstances, but no later than 15 days after receipt of a written request.”  (NMSA 14-2-8 D.) The statute Read More …

FOG encourages uniform DVD fees

ALBUQUERQUE– The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, FOG, has been notified by the City of Albuquerque and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety of new policies in regard to charges they will impose for DVDs and CDs in response to public records request. The policies result, in part, from complaints to FOG from Read More …

On the road again…

SANTA ROSA–On Monday, June 30, the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government joined the Office of the New Mexico Attorney Journal in Santa Rosa at the Blue Hole Center for the quarterly AG’s Sunshine Law Training.  More than 60 people attended  the three hour program, including elected officials, public employees, candidates  for public  office and Read More …

Iraqi officials visit NMFOG prior to unrest

FOG crossed international borders this spring after meeting with a delegation of Iraqi government officials in Albuquerque to discuss open government policies.   The delegation, which included seven high level government officials from Iraq and their three translators, traveled to the U.S. to meet with different political agencies and organizations to learn about how  government Read More …