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Hawaii Office of Information Practices

Bill Would Set 6-Year Term For Office Of Information Practices Chief Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Bill Would Set 6-Year Term For Office Of Information Practices Chief

The measure would increase the job security of the director charged with ensuring adherence to Hawaii’s open government laws.

State Agency Proposes Tripling Fees For Access To Public Records Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

State Agency Proposes Tripling Fees For Access To Public Records

The Office of Information Practices says it’s time for state agencies to recoup more of the cost of fulfilling records requests.

Report: Public Records Agency Slower Than Ever With Appeals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Report: Public Records Agency Slower Than Ever With Appeals

A study by a public interest law firm is critical of the state Office of Information Practices’ handling of public records and open meeting challenges.

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals

Why did the Ige administration try to change rules on tax refunds and general excise tax licenses? It doesn’t want you to know.

Hawaii Public Records Agency Continues to Struggle With Slim Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Hawaii Public Records Agency Continues to Struggle With Slim Budget

Gov. David Ige's proposed budget does little to help OIP reduce its caseload or speed up its opinions. The agency has a history of being shortchanged even as its responsibilities grow.
Prying Public Records from Government’s Grip: An Exercise in Patience

Prying Public Records from Government’s Grip: An Exercise in Patience

UPDATED. The Hawaii Office of Information Practices has ruled that Kauai officials should have released the toxicology reports of teens who died in car crashes — four years ago.
Should County Councils Be Free to Meet in Public?

Should County Councils Be Free to Meet in Public?

UPDATED Critics caution that a bill before Hawaii lawmakers would create huge potential for abuse.
A Test Of Hawaii’s Fledgling Public Records Law

A Test Of Hawaii’s Fledgling Public Records Law

The exemption for police disciplinary records has its basis in a 1993 clarification of the law.
Not So Public: Open Records Agency Takes Up Our Appeal, 1 Year Later

Not So Public: Open Records Agency Takes Up Our Appeal, 1 Year Later

Honolulu Police Department had rejected Civil Beat request for information about two cops.
Off The Beat: Open Records Agency Does Public No Favors

Off The Beat: Open Records Agency Does Public No Favors

Hawaii's Office of Information Practices celebrates a new barrier to accessing public records.

March 2018

Friday, March 16

Bill Would Set 6-Year Term For Office Of Information Practices Chief

September 2017

Thursday, September 28

State Agency Proposes Tripling Fees For Access To Public Records

February 2017

Thursday, February 9

Report: Public Records Agency Slower Than Ever With Appeals

December 2016

Thursday, December 1

Lawsuit Targets Secrecy In Hawaii Tax Change Proposals

January 2015

Tuesday, January 6

Hawaii Public Records Agency Continues to Struggle With Slim Budget

December 2014

Monday, December 15

Prying Public Records from Government’s Grip: An Exercise in Patience

April 2014

Tuesday, April 1

Should County Councils Be Free to Meet in Public?

February 2013

Tuesday, February 26

In the Name of the Law: UH Students vs. The Police

A Test Of Hawaii’s Fledgling Public Records Law

Monday, February 25

In the Name of the Law: What the Public Isn’t Being Told About Police Misconduct

July 2012

Wednesday, July 11

Not So Public: Open Records Agency Takes Up Our Appeal, 1 Year Later

May 2012

Wednesday, May 2

Off The Beat: Open Records Agency Does Public No Favors

April 2012

Friday, April 27

OIP Questions The ‘State Accountability Project’

Tuesday, April 10

Let Us Now Praise a Lone Hawaii Voice Fighting for Open Records

March 2012

Thursday, March 22

Public Access to Information, in Practice

Monday, March 19

List – Top 3 Areas Where Hawaii Less Accountable Than Other States

List – The 6 States Less Accountable Than Hawaii

Sunday, March 18

Hawaii Has No More Excuses For Not Improving Accountability

Friday, March 16

Hawaii Ranks Near Bottom for Enforcement of Transparency Laws

Wednesday, March 14

Accountability Project: Hawaii Compared With Other States

Civil Beat and the State Accountability Project

All Is Not Sunny When It Comes to Ethics in Hawaii

Grading the Nation: How Accountable Is Your State?

February 2012

Tuesday, February 21

Tech-Savvy Leaders Push Honolulu Toward Gov 2.0

Monday, February 20

Counties Want Break from Hawaii Sunshine Law

Tuesday, February 14

Off The Beat: Transparency Should Start At The Top

Not So Public: Hawaii Agency Wants $123,000 To Review Records

Wednesday, February 8

Hawaii Should Publish Government Legal Notices On the Internet

January 2012

Friday, January 27

Hawaii Open Records Agency Ahead of the Curve on Social Media

December 2011

Friday, December 30

2011 Year in Review — Government Transparency

November 2011

Friday, November 18

Off The Beat: Should OIP Be Patting Itself on the Back?

September 2011

Thursday, September 22

In the Dark About Possible Sunshine Violation

Friday, September 9

Hawaii’s Sunshine Law Doesn’t Cast Much Light on Government Meetings

Friday, September 2

Honolulu Rail Authority Follows Abercrombie Secrecy Doctrine

Hawaii Office of Information Practices