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FOIA Gone FUBAR: 3 Tales of Terror and 1 of Redemption

Every day, the Freedom of Information Act shines a light onto the practices of government through ensuring public access to federal records. It is the quintessential sunshine act and has been a key tool to ensu... Casey C. Sullivan   |     05 Sep 2018

Does It Take 66 Years to Review 100,000 Emails? At the State Department, Yes.

If you submit a document request with the Department of State, you might not get a response before you retire. In recent FOIA litigation, the State Department said it would take between 45 and 66 years to compl... Casey C. Sullivan   |     20 Jun 2018

The End of FOIA Excuses? Better Technology Removes Reasons for Delay

In an age of ever-growing data, government agencies can struggle to get it all out into the light in a timely fashion. For some agencies, whether due to a lack of resources, inefficient processes, or good, old-... Robert Hilson   |     24 May 2018

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
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