Reports and Policy Briefs

Reinvent Albany regularly writes and publishes on issues and legislation relevant to our core mission. Below is a complete list of our reports, policy briefs, and memos.

March 2017 Listening to FOIL, part 2. An examination of the FOIL logs of one state agency (DoITT) tells us what data sets are high-value and should be open data (2015) March 2017 State Email Retention Policy New York State should match the Federal Government's email retention policy and save emails for 7 years and the emails of executive staff permanently (2014) March 2017 Open New York “Tools” Recommendations for specific tools that enable state agencies to quickly create web-based information resources to be included in OpenNY.gov (2011) February 2015 Serving Two Masters The New York State legislature should start fighting corruption by capping outside income, as Congress did decades ago (2015) July 2014 Listening to FOIL An examination of the FOIL logs of one state agency (DEC) tells us what data sets are high-value and should be open data (2014) June 2014 Beyond Magic Markers Examining the costs of New York City’s outdated FOIL response process, and the savings from Open FOIL systems (2014) April 2014 Opening New York State Open Data Legislation needs to be developed collaboratively between the governor and the legislature (2014) February 2014 NYS Open Data Roundtable A collection of open data resources, including the NYS Executive Order, the Open Data Handbook, etc (2014) May 2013 State Open Campaign System Online tools for fairer, cleaner, more transparent New York State election campaigns (2013) September 2012 A New Transparency Using the Explosion in Information Technology to open New York State Government to the public (2012) March 2011 Executive Orders Immediate Actions the Governor can take to make New York government more democratic, open and accountable (2010) February 2011 NYC Open Data Law Considered the best open data law in the world, we urge the NYC Council and new administration to fully fund and support it (2013)