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Feb 9 17

SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER v. UNITED STATES AIR FORCE GLOBAL STRIKE COMMAND et al and 14 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 64 documents from 13 FOIA cases filed between January 29, 2017 and February 4, 2017. Note that there can be delays between the date a case is filed and when it shows up on PACER. If there are filings from this period that have yet to be posted on PACER, this FOIA Project list may not be complete.

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  1. SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER v. UNITED STATES AIR FORCE GLOBAL STRIKE COMMAND et al (filed Feb 3, 2017)
    Speaking Truth to Power submitted a FOIA request to the Air Force Global Strike Command for records concerning a report prepared for President Obama assessing the capability of a rogue actor to hack into the U.S. nuclear arsenal and launch an attack. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and Speaking Truth to Power had various contacts with the agency concerning the processing of the request read more…
Feb 9 17

FOIA Activity: 7 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 7 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between January 29, 2017 and February 4, 2017. These are associated with 7 FOIA cases pending in federal district court. Note that because there can be delays between the date a decision is made and when it shows up on PACER, this listing includes only decisions that appeared on PACER during this period.

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  1. CAN 3:2015cv06055Carlson v. United States Postal Service
    • February 1, 2017: ORDER by Judge Joseph C. Spero granting in part [34] Motion to Vacate (jcslc1S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/1/2017) (Additional attachment(s) added on 2/1/2017: # 1 Certificate/Proof of Service) (klhS, COURT STAFF).
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Feb 2 17

JAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION and 9 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 80 documents from 10 FOIA cases filed between January 22, 2017 and January 28, 2017. Note that there can be delays between the date a case is filed and when it shows up on PACER. If there are filings from this period that have yet to be posted on PACER, this FOIA Project list may not be complete.

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  1. JAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (filed Jan 23, 2017)
    The James Madison Project and reporter Noah Shachtman submitted a FOIA request to the General Services Administration for records concerning the anti-nepotism law and any analysis of how it applies to the President, particularly in regard to his son-in-law Jared Kushner. JMP and Shachtman also asked for expedited processing read more…
Feb 2 17

FOIA Activity: 5 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 5 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between January 22, 2017 and January 28, 2017. These are associated with 5 FOIA cases pending in federal district court. Note that because there can be delays between the date a decision is made and when it shows up on PACER, this listing includes only decisions that appeared on PACER during this period.

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  1. CAC 2:2016cv07967Edward Dean Hohner v. U.S. Department of Justice et al
    • January 26, 2017: (IN CHAMBERS) ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE re Dismissal for Lack of Prosecution by Judge Dale S. Fischer. Response to Order to Show Cause due by 2/9/2017. (pso)
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Jan 26 17

ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION and 10 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 101 documents from 10 FOIA cases filed between January 15, 2017 and January 21, 2017. Note that there can be delays between the date a case is filed and when it shows up on PACER. If there are filings from this period that have yet to be posted on PACER, this FOIA Project list may not be complete.

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  1. ELECTRONIC PRIVACY INFORMATION CENTER v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION (filed Jan 18, 2017)
    The Electronic Privacy Information Center submitted a FOIA request to the FBI for records concerning the agency’s response to Russian interference in the 2016 election. EPIC also requested news media fee status and expedited processing. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, EPIC filed suit read more…
Jan 26 17

FOIA Activity: 11 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 11 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between January 15, 2017 and January 21, 2017. These are associated with 10 FOIA cases pending in federal district court. Note that because there can be delays between the date a decision is made and when it shows up on PACER, this listing includes only decisions that appeared on PACER during this period.

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  1. DC 1:1987cv03349OGLESBY, et al v. ARMY, et al
    • January 18, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION regarding [347] ORDER GRANTING Defendants' [327] Renewed Motion for Summary Judgment and DENYING Plaintiffs' [330] Renewed Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and Other Relief. Signed by Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly on 1/18/2017. (lcckk3)
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Jan 19 17

NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO INC. et al v. FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY et al and 15 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 86 documents from 16 FOIA cases filed between January 8, 2017 and January 14, 2017. Note that there can be delays between the date a case is filed and when it shows up on PACER. If there are filings from this period that have yet to be posted on PACER, this FOIA Project list may not be complete.

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  1. NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO INC. et al v. FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY et al (filed Jan 13, 2017)
    Robert Benincasa, a producer for the investigations unit of National Public Radio, submitted a FOIA request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for database information concerning property acquisitions resulting from a natural disaster. The agency told Benincasa that identifying information such as names and addresses would be redacted under Exemption 6 (invasion of privacy) read more…
Jan 19 17

FOIA Activity: 7 New Procedural or Substantive Decisions

by FOIA Project Staff

We have added 7 decisions of a procedural or substantive nature filed between January 8, 2017 and January 14, 2017. These are associated with 7 FOIA cases pending in federal district court. Note that because there can be delays between the date a decision is made and when it shows up on PACER, this listing includes only decisions that appeared on PACER during this period.

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  1. DC 1:2015cv01654MANNING v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE et al
    • January 11, 2017: MEMORANDUM OPINION re: [12] Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment and [14] Plaintiff's Cross-Motion for Summary Judgment. See attached Memorandum Opinion for additional details. Signed by Judge Amit P. Mehta on 01/11/2017. (lcapm3)
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Jan 18 17

Data Journalism Faculty Opening (Newhouse/TRAC)

by FOIA Project Staff

We are seeking a data journalist for a faculty position in the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University to increase our capacity to document the day-to-day actions of federal agencies under the new Trump Administration. Election promises and the line-up of nominees set to head federal agencies suggest that many government policies may be heading for drastic change. And so far our new President has demonstrated little commitment to openness and transparency, so one can anticipate the need for a vigorous, expertly crafted, FOIA campaign in which this new faculty member will play an active role.

TRAC is a well-tested 27-year-old veteran of this oversight effort and one that includes directing the FOIA Project. It was established to provide the American people with the authoritative and accurate information they need to hold their government accountable. The Center is unique in the information marketplace, focusing on what federal agencies are actually doing and not what they merely claim to be doing. With an incoming volume of over 250 million data records each month from its successful FOIA operations, TRAC adds more than 3 billion new records to its inventory each year – all ready to be mined.

The successful applicant needs a driving passion for holding government accountable. The official title is Research Professor of Data and Investigative Journalism, and the description of the position, qualifications, and how to apply is here. The position is also described in a recent posting to IRE by Jodi Upton, Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School.

Any questions? Feel free to write us (trac@syr.edu) or call David Burnham (202-518-9020) or Sue Long (315-443-3563).

David Burnham and Susan B. Long, Co-Directors
Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse
Syracuse University
Suite 360, Newhouse II
Syracuse, NY 13244-2100

Jan 12 17

JAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. DEPARTMENT OF STATE et al and 7 other new FOIA lawsuits

by Harry Hammitt

We have added 53 documents from 8 FOIA cases filed between January 1, 2017 and January 7, 2017. Note that there can be delays between the date a case is filed and when it shows up on PACER. If there are filings from this period that have yet to be posted on PACER, this FOIA Project list may not be complete.

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  1. JAMES MADISON PROJECT et al v. DEPARTMENT OF STATE et al (filed Jan 5, 2017)
    The James Madison Project and journalist Shane Harris submitted FOIA requests to the Department of State, the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Department of Defense for records of communications between the agencies and the Government of Ecuador pertaining to Julian Assange read more…