Nominations Now Open For 2022 Dixon Awards

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG) is now accepting nominations for the 2022 William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award – given to those who believe in government transparency at the state or local level. The honor recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of citizens and organizations in New Mexico who champion transparency and defend Read More …

FOG is now hiring a Legal Director!

FOG seeks a full-time legal director to fulfill FOG’s mission to educate, advocate and litigate to advance open government throughout the state of New Mexico.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop a strategy for selecting and pursuing lawsuits that will advance FOG’s mission, which includes enforcing and protecting the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA), Open Meetings Act (OMA), and The First Amendment. Identify and litigate cases from initial filing through the appellate process, including amicus briefing, which further FOG’s law reform and enforcement. 
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Searchlight New Mexico wins News Leaders Association First Amendment Award

FOG commends and congratulates Ed Williams of Searchlight New Mexico on this well-deserved recognition! FOG was involved last year in aiding Searchlight New Mexico’s investigation exposing the state’s Children’s Youth and Families Department’s use of Signal, a secure communication app, and has set chats to automatically delete. Once deleted, virtually no trace of a Signal Read More …

Sunshine Week highlights government transparency and its role in upholding democracy

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (FOG) is marking Sunshine Week with reverence and appreciation for the essential role freedom of information and freedom of the press serve in guaranteeing our American democracy.  Sunshine Week is a national initiative spearheaded by the News Leaders Association to educate the public about the importance of open Read More …

Three IPRA complaints resolved in favor of openness

In a victory for transparency, three New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) Determinations by the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office today concluded that the records in question were wrongly withheld and should be made public. In the first complaint, FOG alongside Searchlight NM contended that the Children, Youth and Families Department was obligated Read More …