Friday, March 11, 2011

A challenge to the city attorney at the VCOG FOIA Seminar

SUNSHINE WEEK - MARCH 13 - 19

Coming to ROANOKE – watch me take on the city attorney. I’ve been invited to be a panelist along with Roanoke City Attorney Bill Hackworth and Carol Lindstrom. Others still being added in the first panel session starting at 9:30 a.m.

  • DATE: Wednesday, April 27
  • TIME: 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • PLACE: Barton W. Morris Conference Room at the Roanoke Times’ offices at 201 Campbell Ave. Southwest in Roanoke
  • REGISTRATION for both sessions is $35

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER: Roanoke Workshops

I’ve already challenged Bill Hackworth. We’ve haggled for years over disclosing the “subject” of closed meetings on the city council agenda. It’s your right to know what your government is discussing behind closed doors.

 I expect my bluntness and Hackworth’s cool demeanor to be real interesting. I hope Megan Rhyne, Executive Director of the Virginia Coalition for Open Government doesn’t regret inviting me. Just kidding as Mr. Hackworth and I joked about it at Monday’s council meeting.

The first, from 9:30 to 12:00, is a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) workshop geared primarily toward citizens, bloggers and journalists, but will also be helpful for government employees. You’ll learn the basics of making FOIA requests and learn tips and strategies from citizens, reporters and government about the best way to get the information you’re seeking.

The second, from 1:00 to 3:30, is a records-management seminar geared primarily toward government employees in charge of managing records and/or filling FOIA requests. You’ll learn tips from fellow public servants about how to make your records more accessible, thus making it easier and less time consuming to fill FOIA requests.

Take advantage of this seminar. We don’t have VCOG here often.



Posted By Valerie Garner

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