Proposed rule promotes transparency in contract awards. Submit public comment by March 8th!

Transparency advocate John Paff has gotten traction on a rulemaking petition he submitted to the Department of Consumer Affairs / Division of Local Government Services (DCA/DLGS) aimed at increasing public disclosure of contract awards. The proposed rule would require disclosure Continue Reading →

Oceanport police punt records destruction investigation to school lawyer

Prosecutor’s office declines to pursue charges against a records custodian, despite a certified statement by a subsequent custodian that the prior custodian destroyed public records without authorization. -NJFOG Nov. 25, 2015 by John Paff NJ Open Government Notes (John’s blog Continue Reading →

Middlesex Court to decide who can access Promis/Gavel reports

UPDATE (9/28/2015) – The decision was for the defendant in this case, unfortunately.  Public access to up-to-date court records remains an area that needs improvement.  — The Promis/Gavel System is the state’s criminal case database.  There is limited information available online Continue Reading →

Advocate says he may sue city for records related to chief municipal prosecutor search

“Nothing in the executive order prevents the city from disclosing the names and addresses of the unsuccessful candidates because the search is now over and the position is filled,” said Paff. “Trenton’s Law Department just flatly denied my request without Continue Reading →

Gloucester Township Council suppressed citizen’s speech, apparently based on its content.

In this excellent blog post, John Paff describes how the Gloucester Township Council cut off a speaker from talking during public comment and then immediately closed the public comment period, which almost certainly violated that person’s First Amendment right to Continue Reading →