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
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
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
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“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.
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