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 raising awareness, and we work to strengthen Delaware's Freedom of Information Act and its application. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Keeping government accessible . . . and accountable

Who we Are

The Delaware Coalition for Open Government is a state affiliate of the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC). 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, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization.

Board of Directors

Keith Steck

Vice President
Al Jackson

Letty Diswood

Anita Rush

David Breen
John Flaherty
John Kowalko III
John Morgan
Coralie Pryde
Nick Wasileski

Advisory Board
Bill Cortes
David L. Finger
Sen. Karen Peterson
Katherine Ward

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 on amendments to the FOI law.
  • Serve as a resource for FOIA filings and related lawsuits.
  • 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.
  • 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.