Category: FOIA

Senate FOIA hearing leads off snowy Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week started with lots of snow here in the nation’s capital. With a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee and FOI Day conference at the Newseum already behind us, there’s already been plenty of sunshine to this annual celebration…

Focus on FOIA on the Hill

“On February 25, the U.S. House unanimously passed FOIA reform legislation. The Senate Judiciary Committee will take up FOIA reform ideas in a March 11 hearing scheduled ahead of Sunshine Week (March 16-22).”

In a new light: FOIA and a photographer’s records

For Ernest Withers, taking pictures while marching in the Civil Rights Movement helped him document his experience, but a FOIA request from a Memphis Commercial Appeal reporter, inspired by an anonymous tip, revealed that Withers had another role during that…

Two cheers for Congress: the end of a b(3)

Buried in the middle of the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) was a pleasant surprise for us: Section 1078, rescinding a statutory exemption to the Freedom of Information Act (or, as we call it, a “b(3)” – after the…

Curious about surveillance? FOIA has answers.

Many Americans are curious about electronic surveillance by the federal government. Conveniently, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has already helped provide some answers. Although much of the interest and attention arises from journalism in recent days (here, here, here,…

Successful fight to stop farm bill secrecy — for now

Senator Patrick Leahy and open government groups have stopped at least for now the Grassley amendment that would bar disclosure of basic phone directory information for owners and operators of livestock and poultry processing facilities and farms.  We explained our…