Spend some time on the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government website

2009 February 25
by Attorney Mark Dumas

Yesterday, I pointed you to the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission’s website. The FOIC is a great resource, but sometimes the Commission’s role in supporting open government can be limited by the fact that the FOIC is similar to a court in that state law requires that the Commission fairly decided FOIA complaints. Sometimes this means that FOIC must limit open government if an exception to the Freedom of Information Act applies or if another important public policies is at issue.

That’s where the Connecticut Foundation For Open Government, Inc. steps in.  CFOG’s is dedicated to:

[P]romoting the open and accountable government essential in a democratic society. It seeks to achieve this by educating policymakers and citizens in general on the need for a free flow of information on all public policy matters.

CFOG sponsors seminars, a high school essay contest, and supports research into open government. More importantly, it provides a network for concerned citizens and lawyers to discuss how to improve access to and confidence in our state and local governments.

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