The US Freedom of Information Act is a federal law that sets the standards for disclosure of documents and information held by public institutions. It defines the concept of public information and regulates the exceptions for the disclosure of information. This article by IDFI examines the latest amendments to the Freedom of Information Act that significantly improve the access to public information.
The article reviews the World’s First Anticorruption Summit held in London on May 12. From Georgia, the Summit was attended by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Minister of Justice Tea Tsulukiani.
IDFI issues an articles on visa liberalization. The article reviews procedures of visa liberalization process between Georgia and EU as well as the reasons of possible delay of finalizing this process.
On May 30, IDFI published its study of the procurement of airplane tickets by the Teacher Professional Development Center for its program Teach and Learn with Georgia. The study found that in 2015 the Center had spent GEL 62,000 to purchase 11 one-way tickets that actually cost GEL 39,000.
Short reviews of IDFI's activities, with useful links and other materials are provided in the IDFI's May Newsletter.
IDFI has recently conducted an investigation into the National Center for Teacher Professional Development’s procurement of flights for volunteers participating in its Teach and Learn with Georgia program. Our findings indicate that that there were several irregularities in nine electronic tenders dating back to 2013 and totaling GEL 571,714. As a result, the government may have been significantly overcharged for these flight tickets.
2016 Global Partners Forum held on May 19-24 (in Washington) covered almost 75 countries, as there were representatives from different local or international NGOs, governments, private sector or academics. Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) was presented in the framework of Open Government Partnership by Saba Buadze. Buadze delivered his remarks and shared the experience of IDFI on the process of co-creation in the Open Government Partnership.
IDFI congratulates every citizen and supporter of Georgia with the Independence Day. To mark this occasion, we decided to publish a formerly classified document kept in the archives of the USA. This document is an analytical report on the events taking place in Georgia on 24 April 1990, at an early stage of the Georgian independence movement, prepared by the US Directorate of Intelligence.
On May 20-21, the Georgian Parliament’s Permanent Council on Open and Transparent Governance and its Civil Society Consultative Group held a meeting discussing the MP Code of Ethics. Improving the Code of Ethics is one of the commitments (4.4.) in the Open Parliament Georgia 2015-2016 Action Plan.
IDFI periodically monitors public agency websites in order to evaluate their compliance with the obligations of proactive disclosure. Towards the end of 2014, we conducted a large scale monitoring of mandatory public information from 2013-2014 available on websites of 133 public agencies, and provided public agencies with specific recommendations for improvement.The latest monitoring was conducted in May 1-15, 2016. This time, we monitored the websites of the Government Administration and 16 Ministries, and looked for public information from 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.
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