Join the Open Government Town Hall Tomorrow – May 27, 2014 Newsletter

– Brief Updates on Coalition Partners & Others (more)
– Join the Open Government Town Hall Tomorrow (more)

News from Coalition Partners & Others

Partners Fight Agencies on FOIA Fees

Cause of Action and the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) are fighting against the denial of fee waivers for documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act. The Federal Trade Commission denied Cause of Action’s request to waive the fee for processing documents related to the agency’s social media and blogger advertising policies. TRAC recently filed suit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security for improperly designating the group as a commercial government requester.

CNSS Makes First Push Against Surveillance in FISA Court

The Center for National Security Studies (CNSS) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in April, challenging the constitutionality of bulk data collection. CNSS’ amicus is the first time a formal challenge by a non-government entity has been permitted in the FISA Court.

EFF Nominates DOJ for Egregious Secrecy Award

The Investigative Reporters and Editors will soon announce the recipient of the Golden Padlock Award, which “honors” the “most secretive publicly-funded agency or person” in the US. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has nominated the Department of Justice’s National Security Division , for its efforts to block EFF’s pursuit of FISA court opinions. The Department of Justice is no stranger to secrecy awards, having received the National Security Archive’s Rosemary Award twice.

Join the Open Government Town Hall Tomorrow

Join OTG at an Open Government Community Town Hall from 12 to 2pm ET on Wednesday, May 28th. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their organization’s activities and reconnect with other partners in the community. Rick Blum of the Sunshine in Government Initiative will kick things off with an overview of the FOIA Files, an interactive resource of journalism made possible by the Freedom of Information Act.

The meeting will be held in the POGO Conference Room at 1100 G Street NW, Washington, DC (entrance on 11th). Pizza will be provided. Call in will also be available. Please RSVP here.

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