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Interview With Connecticut Secretary Of State And Convention Delegate Denise Merrill

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I conducted the following interview yesterday, before the convention actually started. Denise Merrill is a Connecticut delegate (although not, as she pointed out to me, a superdelegate) and serves Connecticut as their Secretary of State. A recent achievement was the state becoming the first to pass a campaign finance reform law which created a public financing system for elections -- all the other states with such laws created them through ballot initiatives or referenda.

The Public And Its Right To Know

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.27.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Fifty years since the Freedom of Information Act was first passed, the country is still debating how much transparency in government is appropriate. While the public has widely supported greater openness for decades, some concerns remain.

Progress Worth Noting: Congress Passes A Major Blow To Government Secrecy

Dorothy Samuels | Posted 06.17.2016 | Media
Dorothy Samuels

President Obama has said he'll sign the measure -- a fitting way to mark the 50th anniversary of the nation's premier transparency law this July 4th.

American Public Can't See Full Senate Torture Report, Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics

An appeals court ruled on Friday that more than 6,000 pages of the so-called Senate torture report cannot be made public because they consist of congr...

In 2015, the government set a new record for censoring documents requested by the public

Max Galka | Posted 04.12.2016 | Media
Max Galka

Since 2008, a growing share documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act arrive with portions withheld or erased. Which government agen...

Sunshine Week: Encouraging Transparency in Government in 2016

David Chavern | Posted 03.16.2016 | Media
David Chavern

If the legislation is passed, these missteps can be exposed quicker and amended faster. It is the media's job to shine a light -- but we will continue to remain in darkness for too long unless these improvements are enacted.

Judge Handling Clinton Email Case Fumes Over State Department Delays

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

A federal judge on Tuesday grilled a State Department lawyer who had been summoned to explain why his office missed a deadline to produce 7,000 pages ...

Student Reporter Hit With Big Bill After FOIA Request

The Detroit News | Judah Robinson | Posted 12.04.2015 | Media

Plymouth — Leola Gee’s number one lesson for her high school journalism students: Tell the truth, and deal with whatever comes. But Gee never expe...

Congress Is Exempt From The Freedom Of Information Act, And It Shouldn't Be

The New York Times | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics

Dear Ms. Coe,” an archivist at Marquette University, Senator Joseph McCarthy’s alma mater, wrote in an email, “I regret to inform you that all p...

Mudslingers Charge 'Don't Trust Him!' But Should We Trust Mudslingers Anymore?

David Ropeik | Posted 10.07.2015 | Politics
David Ropeik

In general, anything journalists can do to find out whether a scientist has been corrupted by funders is a good idea. But they are being used more and more not by journalists, but by advocates on all sorts of issues to cast doubt on the trustworthiness of what that person says.

Who Won the War on Secrecy?

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 09.09.2015 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Despite President's Obama's assurances that legal checks are in place, substantive briefings, let alone oversight, of NSA activities by Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has been virtually non-existent.

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 James Holzer ...

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 responses ...

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 announce...

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 government agency, ...

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

Steve Horn | Posted 07.01.2016 | 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.

When Police Are Outside Agitators

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 05.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Police must change their perspective from enforcing to protecting. They must know and respect the communities they serve. They must not be above the law. Change will occur only if we push for it together. Let's be about it.

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...

It's Not Gone 'Til It's Gone

Stampp Corbin | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Stampp Corbin

Hillary Clinton accomplished what all public officials want; protection of her privacy without breaking any laws or regulations. As a voter you can determine whether this is a political story or a real issue by how Congress acts to address the problem.

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...

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...

Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Scott Edwards | Posted 04.11.2015 | Green
Scott Edwards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) walked into court in Minnesota last week and asked a judge to issue an order to stop the federal agency from sharing information about some of the biggest polluters of our nation's waterways with the American public.

Pebble Mine 2014 Year in Review: "And Then There Were Lawyers . . . ."

Joel Reynolds | Posted 03.07.2015 | Green
Joel Reynolds

When someday the story of the Pebble Mine is told, 2014 may be best remembered as the year when all that remained of the once formidable Pebble Partnership was a bunch of lawyers for hire.

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...

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.