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New Federal Watchdog Has Dubious Track Record

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

The U.S. has a new ombudsman for the Freedom of Information Act. This week, Archivist of the United States David Ferriero announced that Jam...

Journalists Want Transparency, But Not Right Away

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics

It didn't take long for journalists to criticize the flaw -- for them -- in the federal government's new pilot program on making public all ...

With 'Release To One, Release to All,' U.S. Pilots New Freedom Of Information Policy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics

A week after the 49th birthday of one of the most important open government laws in United States history, the federal government has quietly ann...

New Federal Government App Solves The Wrong FOIA Problems, Poorly

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 07.27.2015 | Technology

When the Department of Homeland Security launched a mobile app to send Freedom of Information Act requests directly to the federal...

Clinton State Dept Emails Contain Redacted Job Description for Top Energy Diplomat; Lobbyist Gets Job

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

David Goldwyn -- now a fellow at the Atlantic Council, fellow at the Brookings Institution and head of Goldwyn Global Strategies -- would eventually come to assume that role as head of the State Department's Bureau of Energy Resources, a Bureau that premiered under the watch of then-Secretary Clinton.

Dana Liebelson

This Is Why Americans Have No Idea What Really Happens In Prisons

HuffingtonPost.com | Dana Liebelson | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Kalief Browder killed himself last month after being held for three years without trial at Rikers Island, Americans took notice. Hi...

Laura Barron-Lopez

Oversight Chairman: Fed Agencies Are 'In La La Land' If They Think They Are Transparent

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is “in la la land” when it comes to its policies on processing Freedom of Information Act requests, accordi...

New Federal Website Makes FOIA Requests Easier To Understand, But Still Can't Make Them -- Yet

Posted 05.18.2015 | Technology

On this "#FOIAFriday," there's a glimmer of hope for reporters swapping tales of woeful responses to their Freedom of Information Act requests on Twit...

Clinton Foundation Must Stop Hiding Behind Dark Money Groups

Till Bruckner | Posted 05.13.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

The Clinton Foundation claims that it's committed to transparency - but clearly, it's not.

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Northern Michigan U. Student Newspaper Board Violated Adviser's Free-Speech Rights in Termination

Student Press Law Center | Posted 06.21.2015 | College
Student Press Law Center

In an attempt to get her job back, the ousted student newspaper adviser at Northern Michigan University has filed a federal lawsuit against members of the newspaper's board of directors, arguing her termination violated her free-speech rights.

An Open and Personal Email to Hillary Clinton From a Contemporary

David Bradford | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
David Bradford

Your actions in this regard demonstrate an utter disregard for the law and the importance of being transparent. I hope you can admit to your error of judgement, supply the entire contents of that email server to an independent third party for analysis, and do your best in the future to recognize the gravity of all of your actions while you are representing we the people.

Gawker Files FOIA Lawsuit Against U.S. State Department For Access To Clinton Aide's Emails

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media

Gawker Media is suing the U.S. State Department under the Freedom of Information Act for access to emails between former Deputy Assistant Secretary of...

How Government Contractors Hide Public Information

Donald Cohen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Contractors use those loopholes as justification to hide basic public information from taxpayers including the fees they charge the public, how they spend public funds, and the details on the quality of public services they are paid to provide.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Used Email Aliases. DOJ Says It Wasn't A Transparency Dodge.

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Eric Holder has used three email aliases to conduct government business over the past six years, a Justice Department o...

Hillary and Her Emails: Another View

Joel Cohen | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Joel Cohen

If we have a high ranking public official concerned that her emails are up for grabs because the opposition party seeks to undermine her and the president she works for, she will (perhaps should) do what is necessary to protect her immaterial, unfiltered thoughts that made their way into emails.

FOIA Lawsuits Spike In 2014

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.23.2014 | Media

In 2014, 422 Freedom of Information Act lawsuits were filed against the federal government, more than any year "since at least 2001," the FOIA Project...

Congress Fails To Revise Government Records Law

AP | By MATTHEW DALY | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for greater openness in government were frustrated after Congress failed to update the Freedom of Information Act despit...

Shaw: Illinois' Freedom of Information Act Must Remain Functional to Uncover Instances of Corruption

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 01.18.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Ever since Illinois rewrote and bolstered its Freedom of Information Act in 2010, government officials of all stripes have done their best to chip away at it. Such is the case with a bill vetoed this year by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Where's the Accountability?

Sam Inglot | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Sam Inglot

The department might as well have set a filing cabinet of public records on fire or shoved hundreds of pages of communications through a paper shredder. In this case, someone pressed delete and the public's right to know went completely out the window.

Matt Sledge

CIA Doesn't Think It's Keeping Too Many Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

The CIA is locked in an epic battle with the Senate over how much information about its George W. Bush-era torture tactics should be released. Senator...

Watch Lists and the First and Fourth Amendments

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Ray McGovern was put on the State Department's Diplomatic Security Be On the Look Out list-- one of a series of proliferating government watch lists. What he did to end up on Diplomatic Security's dangerous persons list and how he got off the list are a tale of our era, Post-Constitutional America.

Matt Sledge

Government Invokes 'Privacy' Exemption To Conceal Secrets

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

When the National Security Agency wanted to block the public release of former contractor Edward Snowden's emails, it found an unlikely ally: His priv...

The BGA fights for FOIA requests

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 10.08.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

In July, The Better Government Association sued the Illinois High School Association for denying a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, request for in...

Lee Camp Features Gen. Petraeus Oil Wars Video on Redacted Tonight

Steve Horn | Posted 08.08.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Comedian Lee Camp premiered a never-before-televised video of former CIA Director General David Petraeus  -- who now serves as Chairman of the Ko...

A FOIA Flaw and the Obama Administration's Failure to Fix It

Alan B. Morrison | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Alan B. Morrison

On May 20, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the CIA's refusal to turn over under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), part five, of the draft history of the flawed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.