Partners Successful in FOIA Suit

The Center for Effective Government, represented by lawyers from Public Citizen's Litigation Group, prevailed in a Freedom of Information Act Suit this December. A federal judge ordered the government to release the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development. The directive, which actually included increased transparency provisions for foreign aid, was announced in 2010 but had not been made available to the public. Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle noted that to accept the government’s argument that the directive could be kept secret under the presidential communications privilege would allow for “secret law.”