A few days ago, news of the escape and capture of Rusty the Red Panda from the National Zoo exploded across the country (and echoed around the globe). I took particular interest in the story for two reasons: 1) red pandas are my favorite zoo animal. I never leave the zoo without stopping by to see these little half raccoon - half fox (all adorable) creatures scuffling down a tree branch -- or, more usually, sleeping in a nice shady spot. and 2) I live very close to the zoo. In light of Rusty's escapade, I decided to file a FOIA for plans the Smithsonian has on hand to notify the public and local residents about the escape of any animals.
On June 10, the Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill without a dangerous provision that would have completely cut off public access to information about the location of livestock operations.
On Tuesday, June 4 we joined several of our partners and open government allies in support of an effort by Senator Cardin (D- MD) to reinforce existing privacy protections for farmers and protect the ability of the public to access government information.
Urgent action by the open government community yesterday helped keep FOIA-damaging amendments to the Farm Bill (S. 954) from reaching the floor. Senator Chuck Grassley’s nearly identical amendments 970, 1011, and 1097 would create a provision impeding the public’s right to know about the location of livestock operations, information that is important for public health and safety.
OpenTheGovernment.org joined the Center for Effective Government and others in welcoming the decision by the Office of Information Policy (OIP) at the Department of Justice (DOJ) to make data from the 2012 FOIA Litigation and Compliance Report available in a machine-readable for
On April 29 the Supreme Court unanimously decided that that Virginia, and by extension any state, is not obligated to honor or respond to FOIA requests from people not residing in the state.
As many of you may know, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee recently passed a bill authored by the Committee's Chair and Ranking Member, Representative Darrell Issa and Representative Elijah Cummings, to improve the federal government's system of processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
The recently-introduced Strengthening and Enhancing Cybersecurity by Using Research, Education, Information, and Technology Act (SECURE IT), HR 1468, includes a "technical amendment" that actually would be one of the most far-reaching substantive changes to the Freedom of Information Act’s (FOIA) exemptions since 1986.