freedom of information
It must be last year when the press people at the PANYNJ told us we had to file a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request for simple information about this authority's new toll system procurement - a close to $100 million project. We'd asked for the $-number of the four competing bids and the scoring of each bid by the various criteria used to evaluate them.
The choice of contractor was amazing. Even people who worked there were amazed they got the job!
The Port Authority NYNJ's press office hasn't been very responsive to requests for information lately so for a change we filed a "freedom of information" (FOI) request during the brouhaha over the big toll increase they proposed a week back. The two state governors claimed they were blindsided by the PANYNJ announcement but said they'd learned the reason was a threatened bond rating downgrade.