Tea party scandal brews FOIA backlog at FEC

By Dave Levinthal

Media and public wait for information from election agency as Congress seeks IRS-related information.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… hich requests come in."     …"

IMPACT: Rhode Island to publish more state records online

By Nicholas Kusnetz

IMPACT: New 'Transparency Portal' provides easy access to government data

Excerpts from this story referencing "Global Integrity":

"… corruption risk released in March. The project is a collaboration between Global Integrity, Public Radio International and the Center for Public Integrity. Global In …"

"… Integrity, Public Radio International and the Center for Public Integrity. Global Integrity has been working with Chafee’s office to help bolster the state’s open …"

Transparency in Texas: Dallas suburbs lead in attempts to deny public information requests

By Kelley Shannon

Dallas suburbs lead in attempts to deny public information requests

The state of open records laws: Access denied

By Caitlin Ginley

State statutes promise access to information, but are riddled with exemptions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Massachusetts":

"… According to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Oregon provide that sort of sweeping exemption f …"

Maine governor, legislators use 'F' grade as opportunity to push reform

By Caitlin Ginley

Maine's government plans to take action after receiving a F on the State Integrity Investigation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maine":

"… iving an F grade on the State Integrity Investigation for corruption risk, Maine’s governor and state leaders plan to take legislative action. Maine rank …"

"… isk, Maine’s governor and state leaders plan to take legislative action. Maine ranks 46th among the 50 states.Gov. Paul LePage said in a statement t …"

"… te contracts.  “This is the direction we need to move in to improve Maine’s grade,” LePage said. “It’s clear that many states struggle with …"

"… it is an issue that I will continue to work on improving on behalf of the Maine taxpayer.” The bill has been approved in committee, but has not yet reac …"

Grading the nation: How accountable is your state?

By Caitlin Ginley

Our State Integrity Investigation reveals corruption risks in all 50 states

Excerpts from this story referencing "Alaska":

"… et has been slashed six times in the past three years. When legislators in Alaska leave required information off their financial disclosure forms, the Alask …"

"… laska leave required information off their financial disclosure forms, the Alaska Public Offices Commission simply does not have the capacity to track down …"

"… orkers to question her independence from the administration.Members of the Alaska Personnel Board are appointed by the same entity they are charged with ove …"

Justice backs new category of secret gov't files

By The Associated Press

Obama administration seeks to reinstitute 2011 Supreme Court ruling on FOIA requests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… acy groups promote government transparency, the Obama administration urged Congress on Tuesday to keep secret a whole new category of information even under t …"

"… e aggressive than ever in withholding information from the public and from Congress," Grassley said. "There's a complete disconnect between the president's gr …"

Government can't keep up with information requests

By The Associated Press

Obama administration responded to more requests than ever in 2011, but still lags behind

Excerpts from this story referencing "Charles Grassley":

"… s that the government doesn't have the records when it actually does. Sen. Charles Grassley, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, threatened to block …"

Millions of federal court records are being destroyed to save money

By Maya Rhodan

National Archives and the Judiciary have begun destroying federal case records to cut costs

State Department FOIA requests unanswered four long years later

By Josh Israel

President Obama promised more responsivenes but delays in processing Freedom of Information Act requests are still legendary

Judge orders FBI to cough up information about a previously secret computer drive

By Aaron Mehta

FBI must respond by June 30 to federal judge's order for info about hidden computer drives

Excerpts from this story referencing "Judge":

"… the existence of the S-drive — the first public mention of such a drive. Judge Clark Waddoups, a George W. Bush appointee who was presiding over the case …"

"… ly provided false and misleading information to the Court,” according to Judge Cormac Carney. “The Government asserts that it had to mislead the Court …"

White House visitor logs riddled with holes

By Fred Schulte and Viveca Novak

Obama touts release of Secret Service logs but data has huge gaps

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jack Abramoff":

"… Watch wanted to know about visits to the White House by GOP super lobbyist Jack Abramoff, later convicted of fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion. CREW was interested …"

FOIA performance is getting worse

By Laurel Adams

Despite promises for more government openness, the Obama administration actually approved fewer Freedom of Information Act requests for fede

EPA inspector general responds to FOIA review by Grassley and Issa

By Laurel Adams

The inspector general at the Environmental Protection Agency has issued a special report responding to a request by Sen. Charles Grassley an

White House sets "CUI" designation for sensitive government documents

By Amy Biegelsen

President Barack Obama’s new executive order creating a uniform category for federal documents that are sensitive but not classified is an a

A peek inside State Department's FOIA procedures

By Laurel Adams

The State Department uses retired Foreign Service officers to help determine what internal documents and memos can be released for Freedom o

DOJ releases, then tries to reel back FOIA documents in Holocaust case

By Amy Biegelsen

A federal government ban on Holocaust survivors suing to collect on European insurance policies from that era may be on a shaky legal footin

Republicans ask watchdogs to review FOIA request process

By Laurel Adams

Inspectors general at the Energy Department and Social Security Administration say their review of FOIA procedures at the request of senior

FOIA, meet POIA: Advocates will push for it again in 2011

By Amy Biegelsen

Among the many legislative leftovers still sitting in the freezer as the 111th Congress adjourns, the Public Online Information Act (POIA) l

SEC loses short-lived FOIA exemption in financial reform law

By Laurel Adams

In a victory for advocates of government transparency, Congress has voted to repeal a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) exemption for the Se

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Cornyn":

"… nd Ted Kaufman of Delaware and by Republicans Charles Grassley of Iowa and John Cornyn of Texas crafted legislation to repeal the FOIA exemption – known as Sec …"

SEC hurries to clarify new FOIA exemption amid uproar

By Ariel Wittenberg

The head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today insisted that language tucked inside the massive financial reform law does not

Description of citizenship database available – if you’re willing to pay nearly $112,000

By Nick Schwellenbach

After taking nearly four years to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request, the U.S. immigration agency is demanding $111,930 for rec

New House bill would put gov’t documents online

By Julie Vorman

No government information would be considered “public” unless it is posted on the Internet in user-friendly formats, according to a House bi

Government transparency under Obama misses the mark

By Jim Morris

To mark Sunshine Week, open-government groups are assessing President Barack Obama’s pledge to make the federal bureaucracy more open and le

Center files FOIA suit against Education Department

By Peter Newbatt Smith

On President Obama’s first full day in office, a White House news release announced that the president was “instruct[ing] all members of his

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… s first full day in office, a White House news release announced that the president was “instruct[ing] all members of his administration to operate under pr …"

Despite new FOIA rules, old staff cuts may delay requests

By Te-Ping Chen

Since President Obama reversed former Attorney General John Ashcroft’s denial-prone directive on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests

Filing a FOIA — How to get records out of the government

By Andrew Green

PaperTrail, as our name implies, delights in accessing government records and reports. Now, to celebrate the mid-point of Sunshine Week, her

Let the sun shine In during Sunshine Week

By Andrew Green

This marks one of PaperTrail’s favorite weeks of the year. No, not Spring Break. Sunshine Week....

New attitude towards FOIA, but who’s going to clear the backlog?

By Kat Aaron

President Obama sent a clear message to government officials in one of his first acts in office: From now on, we will comply with the spirit

Excessive executive secrecy

By The Center for Public Integrity

More documents are classified under Bush despite initial promises of openness

Pages