APS delivers new documents to FOG in connection with Brooks report

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, the Foundation for Open Government received a further response to the Inspection of Public Records Act (“IPRA”) request it filed last month with the Albuquerque Public School Board for the investigation report and related documents about  Superintendent Winston Brooks. On  August 25, APS public records custodian Rigo Chavez denied FOG’s Read More …

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 …

Campaign launched to raise awareness of influence of money in politics

Albuquerque, NM – On Tuesday, September 9, a bipartisan group of business and community leaders, including Common Cause New Mexico and the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, announced the launch of the “We Are New Mexico Campaign,” a statewide effort to raise awareness of the influence of money in politics in New Mexico. What 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 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 …