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State Secrets

How local governments thwart open-records laws and keep vital information from the public.
State Secrets

Hidden dangers ahead: How states keep accident-prone roads secret

A federal law has been interpreted by many state governments and state courts to allow their agencies to keep secret studies, surveys and other data about dangerous roads, bridges and intersections if there is even a remote possibility that someone might one day sue the government for failing to make needed redesigns or repairs.

State Secrets

Public contracts shrouded in secrecy

Government contracting, which involves billions of dollars in public funds each year, has become one of the least transparent systems that state and local governments maintain. Under the guise of protecting “trade secrets,” state and local governments are withholding critical information about public spending.

Nov 16, 2016