Friday link round up brought to you by Friday FOIAers

When I was looking for some good blog posts about open records around the country today, I noticed what might be turning out to be a new trend: the Friday FOIA’s. I guess I jumped the gun by filing a FOIA request yesterday

First, from A Chicago Blog we have Friday FOIA: Jim Thompson’s Expense Report, where Michael Van Winkle writes about a request he’s made to figure out if Jim Thompson has any of his expenses reimbursed by the Illinois Sports Facility Authority.

Then there is FOIA Friday – May 2, 2008 brought by Maggie Thurber of Thurber’s Thoughts. Here, she gives us a couple of updates on FOIA projects that have been going on in her area.

That’s all I found (so far) on Friday FOIA blogging, but I think it’s a great idea and hope to see more entries in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: Today (5/6/08 ) I found another Friday FOIAer! Entropic Memes offers up Friday FOIA Fun: Intelligence, a more federally focused posting.

For other good blog posts on open records recently we have Freedom of Information – Let’s Start Looking beyond the Law from People, Places, Deliberation. I really enjoyed this post since it calls transparent government laws one of the defining features of a civilized society.

And here’s one where I just really get a kick out of the title: Open Government can be so pesky from Young Philly Politics. Yeah, I get the feeling that that’s how all too many public officials view it.


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