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Describing the Freedom of Information Act as a "by, for, and of the people kind of law," Maria Everett, executive director of the Virginia FOIA Advisory Council, led a two-hour forum about the law last Wednesday (May 10) at the Rappahannock County ...
If you respond to Freedom of Information Act requests in York County, you know who Robert Holloway is. The county resident has asked for so much information, it's hard for Gail Whittaker, the county's spokeswoman and FOIA officer, to narrow it down.
The city has provided close to 10,000 pages of documents since last month in response to records requests issued under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act, city officials said earlier this week. City manager David Frasher told the Hot Springs Board ...
The Friends of Liberty of Rappahannock County sponsored a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) training session last Wednesday evening, May 10th, at the County Courthouse.
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday the Illinois High school Association, which organizes sports tournaments between high schools, does not have to release internal records.
The Court wrote that FOIA requests can apply to functions of government, in other words, if governments outsources one of its responsibilities to a private entity, that is subject to FOIA. Topik says the decision could help the Better Government ...
The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) recently underwent some surgery. Things were a little dicey there for a while, but it's doing much better now, thank you.
It's been a long time coming, but citizens of South Carolina will soon have faster and cheaper access to public documents. For seven years, the Legislature has for one reason or the other not passed an FOI reform bill.
The ACLU today sought the public release of memos reportedly prepared by former FBI Director James Comey that describe his conversations with President Trump.
The bill in its current form would amend the FOIA by requiring public bodies to give a "yes" or "no" decision for record requests within 10 days.
In addition, the Financial Services committees expects the department will decline to produce those congressional records in response to any Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. "Because of the often sensitive and confidential nature of such ...
The Freedom of Information Act doesn't specify how much time the state has to turn over records once the statutory 15 business days has passed and all required fees have been paid.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a Freedom of Information Act request for any possible facts supporting Donald Trump's claim that the presidential election was tainted by voter fraud.
Rep. John McCravy, R-Greenwood, and Sens. Mike Gambrell, R-Anderson, and Floyd Nicholson, D-Greenwood, voted in favor of the Freedom of Information Act bill, including the amendment. Rep. Anne Parks, D-Greenwood, had to leave the session early, ...
Barack Obama promised the "most transparent administration ever," then spent years undermining his own promise. The Trump Administration has made no such promises (other than "if you don't like your Forever wars, you can keep them...") but it's working ...
Federal agencies received 789,000 FOIA requests in 2016, a jump from the level of just above 700,000 in the prior three years, while average processing time for requests increased to 28 days from 21 during that time, the Justice Department has reported.
The Senate today sent changes to House Bill 3352 to the House of Representatives with amendments, improving the process by which Freedom of Information Act requests may be submitted to a Circuit Court judge if an agency denies or fails to act on a FOIA ...
The legislation would create an Office of Freedom of Information Act Review with the Administrative Law Court to hear direct challenges from citizens or media pertaining to alleged FOIA violations. Public officials, bodies and agencies could also use ...
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Thursday to learn why President Donald Trump thinks there is voter fraud.
In the course of reviewing emails obtained from Michigan Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette in response to a Freedom of Information Act request last year, staff at Progress Michigan, Michigan's primary progressive watchdog group, found nearly ...
The original bill, which received unanimous support in the House, would have set up an Office of Freedom of Information Act Review and allowed news organizations or members of the public to challenge disputes over government records in the state's ...
The City of Carlinville's Freedom of Information Act Officer and City Clerk, Carla Brockmeier, has failed to comply with the FOIA again, seemingly making it a matter of routine in Carlinville. A request for public records was sent to her on April 27, 2017.
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed an amendment that extends the nine exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Sponsored by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Georgia), the bill amends HR 1694, a law ...
"Congressional communications with executive branch agencies are exempt from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests whenever Congress expresses the intention that such communications are to retain their status as congressional records," Thomas ...
The overarching goal of the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, is to make government more transparent, so it encourages agencies to publish information that is frequently requested or may be of broad interest, such as administrative decisions.
In a groundbreaking decision, an Illinois appellate court Tuesday ruled the College of DuPage Foundation is subject to the state's open records law and ordered that it turn over a federal subpoena the Tribune requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
Federal government agencies received more Freedom of Information Act requests last year than ever before, the Justice Department reported last week, reflecting a steadily growing demand for access to government information.
... upon an independent analysis of request-by-request data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act in response to the quarterly survey conducted by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University for the FOIA Project.
A House GOP chairman has instructed a dozen government agencies not to turn over communications with his panel as part of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, The Associated Press reported Friday. House Financial Services Committee Chairman ...
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - A judge has rejected MLive's request that the city of Grand Rapids release recorded phones calls of police investigating a former Kent ...
That's exactly what happened last year, as a single opponent in the Senate halted the FOIA bill's anticipated approval.
"We, obviously, as a public institution must abide by the FOIA law, and we do abide by the FOIA law. However, we also have the chief law enforcement officer of our county requesting that we do not release these records.
LANSING - Michigan State University is suing ESPN over a public records request involving police reports relating to ongoing sexual assault investigations.
COLUMBIA - Senators advanced a bill that would change how to resolve disputes over the state's Freedom of Information Act law, but the legislation could get stonewalled by opposition from some lawmakers. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to move ...
In an effort to learn more details about those allegations, the WZZM 13 Watchdog team asked for internal e-mails through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from two administrators at the facility. We wanted information regarding veterans who had ...
It's a program we just can't afford to cut." Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency.
... a lawsuit in district court against the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for allegedly failing to provide documents or respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed back in ...
WASHINGTON - Judicial Watch Inc. filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit March 23 in the U.S. District Court for the District Of Columbia alleging that some Environmental Protection Agency officials "may have used the cellphone encryption ...
Tuesday's edition of the Federal Register contains new rules for lawyers, investing in small businesses and the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Here's what is happening: Lawyers: The legal services corporation is moving forward ...
The legislation would determine how much people can be charged for copies and how much time agencies have to fill requests for information.
In January, the USDA deleted a public database that included inspection records from zoos, circuses, and research labs. In the agency's response to our FOIA ...
10 Freedom of Information Act request, but the agency - without explanation - rerouted this information to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and subsequently closed the request file.
Since President Donald Trump took office, slow Freedom of Information Act processes have become even slower - although it is tough to determine what, if anything, that means.
NAPERVILLE, IL -- The Illinois Attorney General gave the Naperville police Department seven business days to respond to a letter, sent yesterday, requesting information regarding the denial of a Freedom of Information Act request sent to the city.
Rep. Scott Taylor, R-Virginia Beach, spoke out for more transparency in government this week, calling for passage of legislation that would bring the housing finance agencies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under the federal Freedom of Information Act.
It's really a one-issue case: Did the city find an applicable exemption?" He said that MLive has resources to challenge denials under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, but others might not. "Imagine a citizen trying to validate their (FOIA ...
At some point, this will cease to become a simple non-compliance with the Freedom of Information Act issue, and morph into possible felony concealment of public records as provided for in the Local Public Records Act, which might be considered the ...
Prior to this, the city had failed to answer four Freedom of Information Act requests that I submitted, and also failed to answer the Attorney General's Public Access Counselor's ("PAC") letters of inquiry within the statutory 7-day timeline for response.


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