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2010-07-02 09:27:00

Documents Uncovered by Judicial Watch WASHINGTON, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has uncovered emails from the Department of Defense (DOD) that indicate the Pentagon worked hand-in-hand with congressional offices prior to releasing documents regarding congressional military travel under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). These "heads up" emails involved...

2010-06-04 17:42:00

WASHINGTON, June 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has received hundreds of pages of declassified "Top Secret" Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) memoranda detailing Congressional notifications and briefings concerning enhanced interrogation techniques and detention operations. The records were produced to Judicial Watch pursuant to a court order, as a result of its Freedom of...

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2010-01-28 12:30:00

The Information Commissioner's Office found that a university unit involved in a controversy over stolen e-mails on climate research breached rules by withholding data, BBC News reported. Messages hacked in November showed that requests under the Freedom of Information Act were "not dealt with as they should have been," officials said. However, experts say too much time has passed for action against the University of East Anglia, but the UEA says part of a probe into the case will consider...

2009-12-09 10:50:00

General Public, Including Public Interest Organizations, Scholars, Media Will be Able to More Easily Track FOIA Performance WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of President Obama's initiative on Transparency and Open Government, the Department of Justice is setting a transparency precedent for the rest of government by releasing on its Web site, the Department of Justice's Fiscal Year 2008 Annual Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Report in a more publicly accessible...

2009-10-26 15:49:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Solutions filed today a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the Department of the Interior (DOI), requesting documents pertaining to the tabulated results of the recent public comment period for DOI's five-year energy plan for offshore oil and gas drilling. American Solutions sources have indicated that MMS staff has confirmed that the comments have been tabulated internally and...

2009-03-13 06:00:00

WASHINGTON, March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time in four years, public opinion about government secrecy has leveled off, although more than seven in 10 adults still consider the federal government to be secretive, according to the 2009 Sunshine Week survey by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University. Since 2006, the percentage of adults who believe the federal government to be somewhat or very secretive has grown steadily; from 62 percent in 2006 to 74 percent...

2009-02-17 07:00:00

PETALUMA, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite President Obama's promise of increased transparency in government, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is moving ahead with its appeal of a San Francisco District Court ruling directing it to release small business contracting data to the American Small Business League (ASBL). The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will now hear the case. The SBA must file its appellate brief with the court by March 20. Under the Freedom of...

2008-09-05 03:00:12

By Jamison, Michael KALISPELL - A year and a half of high-level negotiations between the U.S. Forest Service and Plum Creek Timber Co. apparently produced almost no paperwork, in terms of substantive communications between the two parties. "You'd at least expect some e-mails or memos between them," said James McCubbin, "but there's nothing like that. There's nothing whatsoever to explain the process they worked through." The lengthy talks did, however, result in a controversial legal...

2008-08-22 03:00:31

By Vladeck, David C "The obligation to endure gives us the right to know."1 I. Introduction This Symposium was convened to assess how, in this new age of environmental law, scholars, advocates, policy makers, journalists, and other interested members of the public can gain access to and harness information about our environment. My modest role is to provide an overview of federal right-to-know laws,2 including the Freedom of Information Act3 (FOIA), and to ask whether these statutes ensure...

2008-07-19 06:00:22

Text of report by Tsireletso Motgelwa entitled "How Mugabe's 'Press freedom' shames Khama's" published by Botswana newspaper Mmegi website on 18 July Staff writer Tshireletso Motlogelwa finds that the controversial Zimbabwean Access to Information and Protection Act may be a repressive piece of legislation, but it beats Botswana's Media Practitioners Bill at every turn. Journalism has been a much talked about, often controversial, topic of the modern world. The number of quotes relating...


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