Here at NextRequest we spend a lot of time thinking about ways to improve public record requests. We also spend a lot of time talking with government staff all across the country, which helps us understand all the great things people are doing to streamline their work. Here are some of the best practices we've seen.
San Diego is the 8th largest city in the United States. But recently they have taken a leadership position, building out their technological and data infrastructure to make government services and information more accessible to citizens.
The Port of Seattle oversees one of the largest seaports on the West Coast, the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and a number of real estate holdings in and around Seattle. As a public authority and a vital part of the region’s economy, the Port must operate in a transparent and efficient manner. However, staff found it increasingly difficult to manage their public records requests
Bipartisan legislation in the State of Washington would update the current Public Records Act allowing, among other things, government agencies to charge for digital records. Currently charges can be assessed for paper copies only.
We're excited and honored to be named to the 2017 GovTech100. The GovTech100 highlights the most innovative companies focused on serving state and local government. It's fantastic to see new companies join the list as well as some good friends who made the list again.
Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) is a member based professional organization that describes itself as "innovative local government leaders with a passion for connecting, communicating and educating." They recently held a Choice Award determined "using two criteria: the number of nominations received by each company (75%) and an evaluation from the ELGL management team (25%)."
Continuing its leadership in civic innovation, the City of Vallejo is implementing an open public records portal. Online at vallejo.nextrequest.com and built by NextRequest, the portal will allow the City to streamline its processes and provide records to the public more easily.
Our CEO Tamara Manik-Perlman and ProudCity CEO Luke Fretwell sat down with Spark Plug Labs President and Founder Monica Phillips on her weekly radio show. Tamara, Luke, and Monica discussed how things like good city websites and public records (FOIA) portals can make interactions with government simpler and easier while also building trust.
This past week, NextRequest presented at the U.S. Conference of Mayors, hosted by Mayor Joe Hogsett in Indianapolis. The conference included talks and panels with cultural, political, and religious leaders from around the world.
“This new portal is another example of how the University is working to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of what we do,” said UNM President Robert Frank. “We already have the sunshine portal for information on salaries and contracts, and our police department offers online access to its reports. This is one more step toward increased openness and transparency at UNM.”
“When I took office in 2010, I committed to making City government more efficient, open and transparent so that our residents could hold us accountable,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “From establishing the City’s Office of Performance and Accountability to launching online tools like BlightSTATUS, NoticeMe, Roadwork.nola.gov and Data.nola.gov, the City of New Orleans is leading the way in providing the public the information it needs
In an effort to further government transparency, the City of Bainbridge Island will launch an Open Public Records (FOIA) Portal on Monday, June 6. The portal, built by NextRequest, can be found online at bainbridgewa.nextrequest.com or through the City website. The public records portal will help connect the public with information that may already exist online.
Leading the way in bringing transparency and openness to local government, San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer and NextRequest launched an online portal to respond to public records requests – making San Diego the largest city on the West Coast with an open public records portal and the largest in the country to release requested documents.
"At some agencies, commercial—not public—interests dominate the landscape of FOIA requesters." If you have an interest in open and effective democratic government it’s important to understand this fact. Last fall, Margaret Kwoka, a professor at Denver University, published a research paper, “FOIA Inc.,” which reveals...
Just in time for Valentine's Day, our CEO, Tamara Manik-Perlman, had a chance to record an episode of the GovLove podcast from Engaging Local Government Leaders, hosted by ELGL co-founder Kent Wyatt.
The City of Evanston today announced a new online portal that streamlines Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the first of its kind in Illinois. The portal, powered by NextRequest and available at evanston.nextrequest.com, allows community members and organizations to conveniently submit, track, and browse public record requests online...
The editors of Government Technology magazine and e.Republic Labs recently named NextRequest to their inaugural GovTech100 list of the most innovative companies focused on government. As GovTech mentions, “Something happened to civic tech in 2015. It grew up quickly.” NextRequest is proud to be part of this growth.
Whether you call it FOIA, Access to Public Records, or any number of other names, the process of releasing documents from governments to the public can be frustrating and time consuming for all parties. NextRequest is a platform that's rethinking that.