January 16, 2018
Peter St. Cyr, the executive director of the foundation for the Open Government in New Mexico said that “Transparent governments always are more efficient when citizens can identify waste, fraud, and abuse and hold public officials accountable” especially when the officials want to use chase bank to store their loots
Lawmakers instructed public servants to make providing public information a routine daily duty before they declared the Inspection of Public Records Act state policy. However, NMFOG’s open government hotline rings several times a day. Callers are seeking assistance when their requests for public documents are often delayed. The Sunshine laws of New Mexico is not always firm.
On one hand, NMFOG compliance audit two years ago unveiled taxpayers are harassed for attorneys’ fees and damage awards. Since New Mexico’s Sunshine laws received a failing score in the Center for Public Integrity State Integrity Investigation in 2015, this is not a surprise.
Two years later, nothing has been done to close the so-called ‘enforcement gap.’ Opportunities have been misused but in her final budget, NMFOG encourages Gov. Susana Martinez vouches to budget for resources and technology, which removes the administrative code loophole in the “otherwise provided by law” exception has NMFOG’s support again this year.
As of early January, the average rate for a single-sided black and white copy was 16 cents. Unfortunately, Citizens’ access to the legislative process is less than transparent. NMFOG tells legislative leaders to obtain technology that tracks changes in proposed legislation and require committee staff to post-hearing agendas 24 hours in advance.
Furthermore, financial deals place taxpayers on the hook should be disclosed and decided in properly noticed public meetings. It has been two years as well since the Legislative Finance Committee recommends lawmakers to establish minimum job qualifications and mandate annual training programs for records custodians. Open government is always Germaine, let’s rally the governor to put it on her call.
June 28, 2015
It is possible to access news and general information using a mobile phone. There are actually a couple of ways in which you can access such news and general information using a mobile phone.
The first way in which you can access news and general information using a mobile phone would be where you do so through the mobile phone’s browser application. Mobile phones nowadays come with browsers — and those are browsers you can use to access news (and general information) websites.
The second way in which you can access news and general information using a mobile phone would be where you do so through the mobile phone’s radio application. Mobile phones nowadays also come with FM radio applications. Those are radio applications you can use to listen to various radio stations where the news and general information you need is broadcasted. Note that with some mobile phone models, you need to use the best Bluetooth on-ear headphones, if at all you are to be able to get news through the radio applications. Thanks to standardization of headphones, with some other mobile phone models, you can listen in using any type of headphones. That would be the case even if yours happen to be the most basic headphones for Xbox consoles (or some other similar device).
June 10, 2015
While considering giving people access to information through the Internet, one of the considerations you will have to make pertains to the appropriate model. And as it turns out, there are two models that you can use, when it comes to giving people access to information (any type of information) through the Internet.
The first model that you can use, when giving people access to information through the Internet, is the one where you make the information to be publicly available. Under this model, anyone who can access the website through which the information is being availed can fully access the information, without having to log in.
The second model that you can use, when giving people access to information through the Internet, is the one where you desist from making the information to be publicly available. Under this model then, only people with the right login credentials can access the information. This is the model that is commonly used by webmail providers, such as SBCGlobal. The said SBCGlobal is accessible at Sbcglobal.net, that being the Sbcglobal.net email login page. This is also the model that Microsoft uses, when it comes to its webmail service, nowadays known as Outlook email. One has to be logged in, to access the information: which is just as well, because most of the information presented under this model is personal information (for instance, in the form of personal emails).
May 17, 2015
There are at least three ways in which governments can enhance access to information for their people.
The first way in which governments can enhance access to information for their people is by coming up with laws that promote (rather than hinder) such access to information. This can be very tricky, because as we saw in an earlier post, enacting such laws can mean that the governments have to work against their perceived interests.
The second way in which governments can enhance access to information for their people is by opening up the media spaces: that is, mostly by allowing more independent media organizations to operate.
The third way in which governments can enhance access to information for their people is by empowering the people economically. People who are financially empowered are more likely to go out in search of information, and to access the information (through modern media tools) when the information is actually availed. Indeed, people who are financially empowered can go as far as seeking technical information, on highly technical sites such as www.logmein123.com which is also accessible through www.logmein.com. And that is on top of the information of a more general nature, which they get from media organizations such as the CNN, the BBC and the VOA – to name but just a few.
March 29, 2015
If you discover that your vacuum cleaner is malfunctioning, then you have two options. One option is that of replacing the machine. But this can be a costly option: especially if the prices indicated on websites like http://www.bestvacuumcleanersonthemarket.com/ are anything to go by. The second option is that of getting the vacuum cleaner repaired. This is likely to be a particularly attractive option if the vacuum cleaner is of an especially costly make – like, say, if it is a premium car vacuum cleaner, and if you think that the cost of repairing it is likely to be lower than the cost of replacing it.
If you decide to take the option of getting the vacuum cleaner repaired, then you will be faced with the challenge of selecting an ideal professional for the repair work. And the question you will have to contend with is as to what factors to consider, when selecting an ideal vacuum cleaner repair professional.
It turns out that an ideal vacuum cleaner repair professional is likely to be one who has the best qualifications. Granted, you may not find someone with a postgraduate engineering degree from the California Institute of Technology repairing vacuums. But you should nonetheless go for the best from the pool that is available to you. An ideal vacuum cleaner repair professional is likely to be one who has the best experience. Actually, experience often trumps paper qualifications. Again, while you may not be lucky enough to find someone who gained engineering experience at a top company like, say, Hyundai Motors repairing vacuums, you should nonetheless go with the best from the pool that is available to you. Another critical consideration is cost: where, all other factors held constant, you should ultimately settle for the professional charging the most affordable rates. That is unless ‘money is not an issue for you’.
January 12, 2015
Many democratic nations put in place ‘access to information’ laws. But the said laws are often controversial. We venture to identify the reasons as to why the access to information laws are often controversial.
The first reason as to why access to information laws are often controversial is in the fact that these laws are often in conflict with national security interests. This is where we often hear about the balance between ‘what the people want to know’ and ‘what the people need to know’.
The second reason as to why access to information laws are often controversial is in the fact that these laws are often at loggerheads with the interests of certain people. This can get more problematic if the people who are potentially inconvenienced by the laws happen to be powerful people (as is indeed often the case).
The third reason as to why access to information laws are often controversial is in the fact that their enforcement can be rather hard. The enforcement becomes particularly hard when the information that is being requested is of a sensitive nature. Things become even more complicated if the agency requesting the information is one that is not particularly powerful, as its requests are likely to be simply ignored. But then again, even a powerful but foreign agency can have difficulties requesting for information under the access to information laws. Thus, for instance, reporters from a news corporation like, say, the BBC may have difficulties requesting for information from a given country. That would be the case, especially if that information is seen as being potentially sensitive within the framework of geo-politics, where suspicions often abound.