From driving school buses to training Iraqi police, the private sector is increasingly responsible for the duties once held by the government.
But as those responsibilities leave the government's hands, is the public's right of access going along with them?
Privatization v. the public's right to know
Public records, private control
Confusion in the courts
Courtroom success stories
Public access laws in your state
Cases, articles and other links
This report was researched and written by Reporters Committee journalism fellow Rani Gupta.
Thanks to The Associated Press for permission to use photos from its files.