Improving Access

What I'll File for on the 4th: Rusty is Lost and Found

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.

Groups Recommend Changes FOIA Litigation Data Report

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

Improving the FOIA Reform Bill, HR 1211

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.