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April 2021
Summit Dates, Locations

Mark your calendars for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 FOI Summits.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 FOI Summit will be conducted virtually, Sept. 24-Oct. 1. More details will come soon.

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New Partnership
The National Freedom of Information Coalition is partnering with Uncovered: A Cold Case Platform. Uncovered is an interactive one-stop-shop cold case database that visualizes missing and murdered case information.

“The need to access public information has never been greater, and we’re thrilled to find a partner in NFOIC as dedicated to uncovering answers as we are,” said Uncovered Co-Founder Ashlee Fujawa.
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Research Paper Competition

NFOIC announces competition
for Freedom of Information papers

Do you have research in freedom of information that will make a difference? Then submit your proposal to the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s research paper competition for presentation during the 2021 FOI Summit.

Top-three papers will earn cash prizes and will be guaranteed publication in the online Journal of Civic Information, published by the University of Florida’s Brechner Center for Freedom of Information.

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Signed, NFOIC

In support of whistleblower protections

The National Freedom of Information Coalition joined more than 260 organizations in signing a Government Accountability Project letter to government leaders, supporting the strengthening of whistleblower protections.
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Urging release of settlement agreement

The National Freedom of Information Coalition, along with a dozen other organizations, joined a Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press amicus brief in a New Jersey case concerning access to settlement agreements between public employees and public agencies.
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From the Headlines

Delaware coalition pushes for creation
of Office of the State Inspector General

The Delaware Coalition for Open Government has been advocating for the establishment of a Delaware Office of the State Inspector General, which would oversee state agencies for transparency, accountability, and other good government issues.   

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Jane Briggs-Bunting, ‘fearless’ journalist,
Michigan coalition founder, dies at 70

Jane Briggs-Bunting, a journalist, educator and First Amendment champion who co-founded the Michigan Coalition for Open Government, died Tuesday, March 23 at age 70.

“Jane didn’t shy away from fights that needed to be fought,” former student Meg O’Brien told the Detroit Free Press. “She emphasized that journalism wasn’t a popularity contest and trained us how to challenge institutions and take on powerful people when they weren’t doing the right things. … The profession needs passionate, fearless watchdogs like Jane now more than ever.”

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NFOIC Newsletter Contacts
This newsletter is produced by Todd Fettig, NFOIC outreach coordinator, and Erika Benton, NFOIC external partnership coordinator and communications specialist. To contribute items or for more information, email and To read regular FOI updates, visit our blog at and follow us on TwitterFacebook or Instagram.

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