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 …