NJ OPRA shortcomings
Here’s Cablevision’s news report about the recent OPRA Study. 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason is interviewed.
Here’s a summary of Mitchell Pearlman’s analysis of Open Government in NJ.
Additionally, here are the three Hobokenite’s that were involved: 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason, Dr. Suzanne Piotrowski, Ph.D., and Cori Poff.
“The Governor must make clear to his agency heads that they are expected to ensure that a culture of maximum openness and transparency is maintained within their respective agencies, and that each agency head will be held accountable for effective implementation,” Pearlman said.
Realistically changing the culture from secrecy to transparency requires more than slogans at the top, Pearlman said. Government employees and contractors alike must not only be trained in freedom of information laws, but know “they’ll be evaluated, retained, promoted or disciplined” based on their performance, he said.
Read all about what expert Mitch Pearlman has to say about New Jersey’s Open Government Records Act. No surprises here.
Open Government expert releases report on shortcomings of NJ’s systems for public access to records
“In light of New Jersey’s reputations for scandal and corruption and elevated interest in transparency, Mitch Pearlman, a Connecticut attorney with international and domestic expertise in open government and former executive director of Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Commission presents his “best practices” analysis of New Jersey’s Open Government Records Act (OPRA) and Government Records Council (GRC) in a study commisioned by the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government (NJFOG).”
NJFOG is a non-partisan group committed to protecting and expanding public access to government records and meetings while respecting the legitimate privacy rights of individuals in New Jersey.
Three Hobokenites were involved with putting this together.