Our Mission

The Delaware Coalition for Open Government is committed to promoting and defending the people's right to transparency and accountability in government. We serve as a resource through education and advocacy, and we work to strengthen Delaware's Freedom of Information Act, its application and its enforcement. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Keeping government accessible . . . and accountable

Who we Are

The Delaware Coalition for Open Government is one of 68 state affiliates of the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC), headquartered at the University of Missouri. We are a coalition of journalists, lawyers, elected officials, news organizations, business owners, government employees, civic associations and private citizens who believe that government of the people, by the people and for the people, should be open TO the people.

DELCOG was founded in 2006 and is an incorporated, non-profit organization.

Board

President
Nick Wasileski

Vice President
Bill Cortes

Secretary
Letty Diswood

Treasurer
Bill Pearson

Directors
John Flaherty
Will Garfinkle
Al Jackson
Margaret McKay
Coralie Pryde
Cynthia Smith
Katherine Ward
Christine Whitehead
Nancy Willing

Advisory Board
David L. Finger
Sen. Karen Peterson
Gene Ruane

Our Goals

  • Improve, expand and promote public access to government.
  • Inform the public about its intrinsic and legal right to know how its government operates.

How we do it

Our efforts focus on the broader aspects of FOIA and open government. We are not a legal advocacy or legal assistance organization, but we . . .

  • Work with the Attorney General on enforcement of the FOI law.
  • Work cooperatively on access with all branches and levels of government.
  • Offer programs that bring people together to talk about access issues.
  • Survey our legislators on the level of their support for open government.
  • Seek to inform and aid those experiencing difficulty gaining access to information from their state and local governments.
  • Serve as a resource for FOIA filings and related lawsuits.
  • Take part in national recognition of Sunshine Week.
  • Answer questions and provide resources online.

In those instances when government actions restrict or deny access to information, those actions must serve a clear and convincing public purpose. And even in those cases, such actions should be the exception and must be limited.