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September 20, 2012

By Suzanne Dershowitz

Federal Agencies Lagging on FOIA Processing—What’s the Hold Up?



FOIA Graphic Thumbnail Federal agencies are still lagging in their response time to Freedom of Information Act requests.

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Topics: Open Government

September 12, 2012

By Suzanne Dershowitz

Report Reveals Some Open Gov Progress, but Also Increasing National Security Secrecy



Open Government OpenTheGovernment.org released its annual Secrecy Report for 2012, which demonstrated both positive changes in open government policies and enormous challenges in areas of continued secrecy.

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Topics: Open Government

March 16, 2012

By Andrew Wyner

SUNSHINE WEEK: Many Agencies Violate FOIA's 20-Day Requirement



Andrew Wyner The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is one of the most powerful tools to pry public information out of the federal government. But while FOIA requires agencies to respond to a request for information within 20 business days, an analysis of a recent batch

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Topics: Open Government

November 4, 2011

By Dana Liebelson

Did Your FOIA Request Really Not Exist--Or is That Just What the DOJ Told You?



dana liebelson The Department of Justice (DOJ) came to its senses on Thursday and scrapped a controversial proposal that would model the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on the first rule of Fight Club. Then it backpedaled by saying it has actually been misleading FOIA requesters about the existence of certain documents for the last nearly 25 years--the proposed rule would have just put the practice into its regulations.

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Topics: Open Government

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