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March 18, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

DHS Took 9 Years to Reject FOIA Request for Katrina Records



New Orleans After a delay of over nine years, POGO finally received a response to a 2006 FOIA request regarding a potential conflict of interest when four massive sole-sourced contracts were awarded without any objective evaluation criteria.

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Topics: Government Accountability, Contract Oversight

March 3, 2016

By Daniel Van Schooten

FBI Improves eFOIA by Dropping ID Requirement



Photo of hands holding a computer tablet with the word eFOIA Amid significant outcry, the FBI has responded by removing the controversial ID requirement from the newest version of its web-based FOIA system.

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Topics: Open Government

January 12, 2016

By Elizabeth "Liz" Hempowicz

House Starts 2016 with FOIA Reform; Eyes on the Senate Now



POGO's 2010 FOIA request The House of Representatives passed the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act, the bipartisan answer to problems that have plagued those who use the Freedom of Information Act for years. It is now up to the Senate to pass this important legislation and get

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Topics: Government Accountability

December 7, 2015

By Daniel Van Schooten

Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back as FBI Launches “eFOIA”



Photo of hands holding a computer tablet with the word eFOIA The FBI has created a new online portal for FOIA requests. Unfortunately, the potential benefits of the system are overshadowed by arbitrary and unnecessary restrictions to submitting the FOIA requests.

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Topics: Open Government

November 12, 2015

By Iulia Gheorghiu

DOJ Keeps Government Blind to CIA’s Secret Prison Program



Screenshot of the CIA Report cover to US Senate on Torture DOJ refuses to read the Senate's extensive Torture Report on CIA's counterterrorism initiatives post 9/11, advising federal employees to do the same in order to prevent claims for public access.

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Topics: Open Government

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