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Category Archives: Freedom of Information

New EU Portal – Making Public Procurement Contracts More Transparent

Opentender – “This platform allows you to search and analyse tender data from 33 jurisdictions (28 EU member states, Norway, the EU Institutions, Iceland, Switzerland, Georgia). You can view the data on individual national portals by selecting a country below or explore all available data…” Continue Reading

H.R. 4631, Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act

CBO: “H.R. 4631 would require the Government Publishing Office (GPO) to establish and maintain a website that would allow the public to obtain electronic copies of all Congressionally mandated reports. Under H.R. 4631, all executive, legislative, and judicial branch agencies would be required to provide GPO with reports required by law each year. The Library… Continue Reading

BUNET: Screenshots of the FBI’s Internal Website

AltGov2: “BUNET is the FBI’s internal, employees-only website (a/k/a intranet). As far as I can tell, it’s never been seen by the public until now. In August 2017, I [Russ Kick] filed a FOIA request for color screenshots of the homepage and of each page linked from the homepage. I received the PDF above. It… Continue Reading

MuckRock Release Notes: Filter your FOIAs more easily than ever

What’s new on MuckRock – Save your searches and filters – “MuckRock has a variety of advanced ways to filter and sort your requests. You can always bookmark a URL if you have a favorite search that you want to refer back to, but now we’ve made it easier to save your search and filter options… Continue Reading

Web Integrity Project tracks changes to federal websites

“The Sunlight Foundation launched a new Web Integrity Project to track changes to federal websites. The first focus is on health and healthcare websites, and first findings are to be released next week…” See also – In its first year, the Trump administration has reduced public information online. Continue Reading

House Intel Committee Releases Glenn Simpson Testimony Transcripts

“The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence today voted to publish the transcripts of testimony provided to the committee by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson. The November 8 transcript is available here and the November 14 transcript is available here.” See also Feinstein: American People Deserve Opportunity to Read Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS Transcript Continue Reading

Coalition of 22 State AGs File Suit To Stop Illegal Rollback Of Net Neutrality

“Today, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman led a coalition of 22 Attorneys General in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s illegal rollback of net neutrality. The coalition filed a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, formally commencing the lawsuit against the FCC… Continue Reading

Freedom in the World 2018 Democracy in Crisis

Freedom House – Freedom in the World 2018, Democracy in Crisis: “Democracy is in retreat globally and, some say, in the United States. Exacerbating the democratic backslide are authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China, which have increased both repression at home and efforts to export instability abroad. On the home front, indifference toward democratic… Continue Reading

FOIA Lawsuits Surge in Trump Administration’s First Year

“Since the new administration took office at the end of January 2017, there has been a sharp jump in the number of lawsuits filed by individuals and organizations seeking court orders to obtain federal government records. Suits brought by the news media and nonprofit advocacy organizations have fueled a significant part of this rise. Lawsuits… Continue Reading

How Climate Change Web Content is Being Censored Under the Trump Administration

“On January 10, 2018 the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative (EDGI) [released] Changing the Digital Climate: How Climate Change Web Content is Being Censored Under the Trump Administration, the third installment of EDGI’s series of reports evaluating the environmental impacts of the first year of the Trump administration. Changing the Digital Climate draws on the… Continue Reading

Feinstein: American People Deserve Opportunity to Read Glenn Simpson, Fusion GPS Transcript

“Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the transcript of Glenn Simpson’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee [This testimony is from August 22, 2017] with the support of committee Democrats. Simpson is the co-founder of Fusion GPS. “After speaking with majority and minority committee staff for 10 hours, Glenn Simpson requested… Continue Reading

What Can Be Done to Protect Endangered Government Data?

“The federal government has made significant strides towards making vast amounts of government data freely available to the public, and businesses, researchers, civil society groups, journalists, and many others have put open data to good use. However, recent events suggest that some open government data may be at risk. For example, in February 2017, the… Continue Reading