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Tag Archives: FOIA

FOIA backlog soars despite pledge of transparency

WASHINGTON — Federal agencies are struggling to keep up with the growing number of requests for public information, raising questions in Congress about the Obama administration’s dedication to transparency. The backlog of unfulfilled requests for documents has doubled since President ...

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Obama admin sets record for withholding gov’t files

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration set a record again for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. ...

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Second Circuit: Center for Constitutional Rights v. Central Intelligence Agency

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit – FOIA – National Security Exemption   Center for Constitutional Rights v. Central Intelligence Agency 13-3684-cv Judges Cabranes, Carney and Droney   Background: The appellant sought disclosure pursuant to a Freedom of Information ...

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FOIA problems debated pre-Sunshine Week

Freedom of information advocates are calling for legislation to rein in federal government agencies while oversight offices counter that improvements are being made. The federal system to handle Freedom of Information Act requests is “terribly, terribly broken,” according to David ...

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FOIA ruling denies corporate exemption

Corporations cannot use a “personal privacy” exemption in responding to a Freedom of Information request, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. Its unanimous opinion, issued last week, reverses a lower court in Philadelphia ...

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High court rules vs. gov’t in open records case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected the government’s broad use of an exemption in the federal Freedom of Information Act to withhold documents from the public, ruling for a Washington state resident who wants Navy maps relating to its main West Coast ammunition dump.

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Senate: Punish misusers of body scanner images

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Misusing body scanner images would become a federal crime punishable by up to a year in prison under a proposal approved Tuesday by the Senate, an attempt by lawmakers to address concerns raised by some travelers.

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High court questions broad use of FOIA exemption

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court is questioning the government’s broad use of an exemption in the federal Freedom of Information Act to withhold documents from the public. The justices heard argument Wednesday ...

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