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Test Your FOIA Request’s Chance of Success Before You Send It

Want access to James Comey’s private memos detailing his interactions with President Donald Trump? Yeah, so do we. But if you submit a FOIA request for the memos to the FBI or DOJ, it’s pretty much guaranteed t... Casey C. Sullivan   |     17 Jul 2017

The FBI Won’t Give Us Comey’s Memos Either

On May 16th, the New York Times reported that FBI Director James B. Comey had been asked by President Trump to end the investigation of Michael T. Flynn, the president’s former national security advisor who res... Casey C. Sullivan   |     20 Jun 2017

The 3 Strangest, Cutest Public Records Requests Ever

We’re in the midst of a public records request deluge like no other. Journalists, partisans, and public advocates are inundating government agencies with a seemingly unprecedented amount of demands that governm... Casey C. Sullivan   |     09 Jun 2017

FOIA and “Beetlejuice”: A New Approach to Public Records Requests?

The Freedom of Information Act seeks to ensure public access to federal records. Tim Burton’s 1988 film “Beetlejuice” tells the tale of a crude, comical ghost summoned from the netherworld when his name is repe... Casey C. Sullivan   |     27 Apr 2017

Weighing civil liberties vs. public safety in the fight for free information

This is the second part of the Logikcull interview with Michael Morisy, founder of MuckRock -- the public interest organization that helps people pursue government information through FOIA and other open record... Robert Hilson   |     24 Feb 2017

Full-Court Press: An Interview with MuckRock Founder Michael Morisy

Once primarily the domain of journalists, the issues of freedom of information and access to government records have in recent years grown in the greater public consciousness. These days, it's hard to find a ma... Robert Hilson   |     14 Feb 2017

The Hillary Clinton Email Saga, By The Numbers

The US State Department is about five months into a review of 30,000 work-related emails sent and received over a private server by Hillary Clinton in her capacity as Secretary of State. Set aside the issues of... Robert Hilson   |     23 Oct 2015

How to File a Freedom of Information Act Request [infographic]

Though it has been in place since 1967, some of us don’t fully understand—or take advantage of—the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The act, often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about th... Dave Austin   |     20 Aug 2015
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