FOI Blog

Just don't

Yeah, hi, so, um, I pretty much just want to vent. Hope you’re OK with that. 

There’s a lot going on in the world today and I might be processing some subconscious feelings. But it might be that yesterday I had the pleasure of doing two presentations to the constituents of Pat O’Bannon, current chair of the Henrico County Board of Supervisors and member of the VCOG board of directors for at least 10 years.

April's shower of FOIA cases

April 2022 was a full month of FOIA cases that were filed or decided

Preserve access to police records

The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press weigh in on why the Virginia Senate should reject an attempt to roll back access law passed last year

What I would have said

We don't get the chance to respond to things said in committee, so......

Pilot & Daily Press on transparency 2022

This originally appeared in The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2021.
Reprinted with permission

Agency position on credit card names rankles

An FOI advocate and a Virginia FOIA officer agree

Spirits dancing on the head of a pin

Spirits dancing on the head of a pin:The public can lose out from rigid adherence to the words on the page

This post originally appeared on VCOG's Substack Newsletter


No incentive to stay

How the announced closing of a brewery tasting room reminds us of how economic development incentives aren't so easy to track

Confusion over virtual meetings

Virginia state agencies are giving conflicting reasons for why they can or can't meet virtually. Here's the straight dope.

Don't be so suspicious

I use this slide in my presentations on FOIA. On one side of it is a snarling, ferocious, uniformed man pinning the head of another man against a wall. On the other side is the (original) Gladys Kravitz, the nosy next-door neighbor of Samantha and Darrin (both Darrins) Stephenson on Bewitched.