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Grading the Nation: How Accountable Is Your State?

Grading the Nation: How Accountable Is Your State?

National project finds states are largely doing a poor job delivering transparency and accountability to citizens.
Tech-Savvy Leaders Push Honolulu Toward Gov 2.0

Tech-Savvy Leaders Push Honolulu Toward Gov 2.0

Code For America chief: IT deputy exemplifies public service.
Counties Want Break from Hawaii Sunshine Law

Counties Want Break from Hawaii Sunshine Law

House Speaker's bill would exempt Honolulu City Council, others, from open meetings law.

Off The Beat: Transparency Should Start At The Top

How about the governor tells his people to follow the rules?
Not So Public: Hawaii Agency Wants $123,000 To Review Records

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

State has no consistent policy for tracking how it follows open records law.
Hawaii Should Publish Government Legal Notices On the Internet Flickr.com/NS Newsflash

Hawaii Should Publish Government Legal Notices On the Internet

Newspaper industry masks self-interest in arguments for preserving government business.
Hawaii Open Records Agency Ahead of the Curve on Social Media

Hawaii Open Records Agency Ahead of the Curve on Social Media

Watchdog group says most states haven't tackled whether open government laws should include social media.

2011 Year in Review — Government Transparency

What you can find out — and what you can't — about Hawaii government.
Off The Beat: Should OIP Be Patting Itself on the Back?

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

Beware when government agency tells you how efficiently it's doing its job.

In the Dark About Possible Sunshine Violation

AG gave Education Board green light on controversial vote, but information office says it needs time to form an opinion.

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

For public, meeting notices are erratic and sometimes only viewable in person.
Honolulu Rail Authority Follows Abercrombie Secrecy Doctrine

Honolulu Rail Authority Follows Abercrombie Secrecy Doctrine

Revealing finalists would discourage applicants, board says.
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