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Monsanto and its Promoters vs. Freedom of Information

Ralph Nader | Posted 10.02.2015 | Green
Ralph Nader

As the FOIA approaches its 50th year, it faces a disturbing backlash from scientists tied to the agrichemical company Monsanto and its allies.

Setting a New Standard for Science Transparency

Kevin Folta | Posted 09.22.2015 | Science
Kevin Folta

Things have been a little intense lately and the little voice in my head keeps begging, "How did I get here?" In other times of quiet introspection the little voice in my head says, "What would you have done differently?" What the heck happened?

Greenpeace Calls for End of Private Fishing Deals in West Africa, Questions E.U. Food Security Claims

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Till Bruckner

Lawlessness at sea is a hot topic this summer, with the New York Times running an investigative series on the issue and the nascent Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) beginning to pick up steam. Two experts from Greenpeace connected the dots for me and explained why we should care.

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 | 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 | 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. | 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 | 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 | 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...