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2019 Rewind: A Foundation For Transparency Nationwide,
State By State

As we look back at 2019, all of us at the National Freedom of Information Coalition are proud of the work done by state member coalitions across the U.S. As a national organization, we do our part to help state and local government transparency advocates. We've also made a lot of progress within our own organization this year. Here are a few highlights as we prepare for 2020:

We added four state coalitions, bringing our total to 35 states and the District of Columbia. With current outreach efforts in five other states, we will get even closer in 2020 to having all 50 states represented within NFOIC.

NFOIC celebrated its first year housed at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications adjacent to the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information. The two organizations are collaborating to advance legislative and policy reforms through research and public-awareness projects.

With input from state coalitions, NFOIC defined six core topic areas for our new public policy academies, looking at transparency issues through the lenses of Economic Development, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement, Public Record Fees, Litigation Alternatives, Technology and Transparency, and Open Government Laws Enforcement and Penalties. 

Our board of directors enacted a new strategic plan called 2020 Vision, which lays groundwork for future initiatives to strengthen state coalition impact, improve open government laws, diversify the FOI community and bolster record dissemination practices.

NFOIC awarded 14 grants through our State Challenge Grant Program. We also launched a new program for states that have never had FOI coalitions (Startup Grants). Funding was also allocated for four court cases through the Knight FOI Litigation Fund.
 

In conjunction with our 30th anniversary, we worked with a nationally recognized graphic designer to update our logo and branding.
NFOIC staff continued research around transparency issues across the U.S., including a white paper on public record request portals hosted by government agencies and a pilot program using web scraping to track transparency legislation from the 2019 state legislative sessions.
NFOIC upped its social media and communication game, adding Instagram and YouTube accounts, and doubling down on Facebook and Twitter engagement. We also launched this newsletter!
We celebrated 30 years of NFOIC at the National FOI Summit in Dallas. The summit included an inaugural FOI research papers presentation, State Lightning Talks, lectures, panels, the State Open Government Hall of Fame induction, and reflections from NFOIC's founding directors. 
Summit registration coming soon. 
Click here to reserve hotel rooms at the discounted 
group rate of $145/night.
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