Government Transparency Delaware FOIA

Transparency advocates: Update FOIA for 21st century

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Government transparency advocates say there’s no reason in 2022 that public information should be as difficult to access as it is in Delaware. “At the root of democracy in Delaware and in the United States is citizens’ access to government information — and not just access, but easy access,” said Charlie Copeland, co-director of the Caesar Rodney Institute’s Center for …

Transparency advocates push for campaign finance reform

Transparency advocates push for campaign finance reform

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

With weeks to go before the first votes are cast in Delaware’s 2022 election cycle, advocates for government transparency are pushing for better campaign finance reporting. Common Cause Delaware, a nonprofit group that lobbies for open, honest and accountable government, has called for more frequent and detailed reporting of campaign funds collected when candidates run for office.  “It’s common knowledge …

Smith, Kowalko both draft bills to create inspector general

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Two bills set to be filed in the General Assembly would create an inspector general’s office in Delaware to investigate claims of waste, fraud, abuse and corruption within state government.  Rep. Mike Smith, R-Pike Creek, said while Delaware already has a state auditor and attorney general, the inspector general’s office would “fill a gap in their coverage.”   “The inspector general …

Despite charges, McGuiness ranks second nationally on transparency reports

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Auditor Kathy McGuiness’s office currently ranks second nationally in the number of reports shared publicly on the federal government’s Oversight.gov website.  The site contains publicly accessible reports, investigations and recommendations from state and local inspection offices and is managed by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. Shiji Thomas, spokesperson for the National …

List of Bond Bill’s community projects still unpublished

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

When the General Assembly passed a record-setting $1.3 billion bond bill last week, the spending package did not include a list of the $70 million in projects chosen by legislators for their districts. The Community Redevelopment Fund includes one-time allocations which legislators earmark for nonprofits, schools, and community agencies in their districts. Ordinarily, each organization receiving funding would have its …