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Editorial: Require agencies to track public records requests

Oregon lawmakers took up three measures in the 2019 session designed to improve the way the state’s public records laws work. Two passed, but one that arguably was one of the most important remained in committee at session’s end.  60 more words

Oregon Legislature

Top Dem Puts Hold On Trump Interior Nominee, Requests DOJ Perjury Probe

Source:  Huffington Post

Daniel Jorjani, the nominee to serve as the Interior Department’s top lawyer, appears before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on May 2. 276 more words

Boundary Waters FOIA on Fox 9 "Investigators"

In this July 29th Fox 9 “Investigators” segment about sulfide mining near the Boundary Waters, I make a brief appearance at around the 7:30 mark. 8 more words

Louis V. Galdieri's Blog

Bipartisan senators introduce bill to challenge new EPA policy and Supreme Court ruling on FOIA

Senators from both sides of the aisle are backing a bill to strengthen the public’s ability to obtain government records, seeking to counteract recent changes that make it easier for the Trump administration to withhold information. 65 more words

U.S. Congress

The Supreme Court Expands the Meaning of “Confidential” Information under FOIA Exemption 4

Robyn N. Burrows

The Supreme Court in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, No. 18-481 (U.S. June 24, 2019) recently relaxed the standard for withholding confidential information under Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”)—a major win for contractors that regularly submit sensitive business information to the government. 433 more words

Regulatory Compliance And Ethics

Chief Judge Colleen McMahon: "CIA Disclosures To One Are Disclosures To All" [UPDATE III]

“The CIA is spectacularly terrible at responding to FOIA requests. It’s so bad it’s highly possible the perceived ineptness is deliberate. The CIA simply does not want to release documents.

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CIA

Internal Emails Show How ICE Planned Largest Immigration Raid in History

Internal emails show communication between ICE agents who were preparing to arrest at least 8,400 undocumented immigrants in a massive raid in September 2017. 

“Happy hunting!” one of the emails said, asking for volunteers willing to build target lists. 166 more words

U.S. Immigration