Archives for 2017

CoA Institute Presses CFPB on Agency Records Kept on Personal Mobile Device

No matter what messaging medium agencies use to conduct business, federal records must be preserved.  If government employees are allowed to evade the Federal Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) through use of messaging on their private mobile devices, it threatens government transparency and encumbers efforts to hold […]

CoA Institute Uncovers EPA Investigation into Employees’ Use of Encrypted Messaging App

Hours after filing a lawsuit demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) disclose records about its employees’ use of an encrypted messaging application, Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) received a letter from the EPA’s Office of General Counsel acknowledging that there is an “open law enforcement” investigation looking into […]

Report Finds Threat of IRS Targeting Continues Today

Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today released a staff report titled, “Sensitive Case Reports: A Hidden Cause of the IRS Targeting Scandal,” outlining how seven years after the IRS targeting scandal began, the rule that enabled this inexcusable behavior remains in place. IRS targeting during the […]

Lawsuit Demands Records on EPA Employees’ Use of Encrypted Messaging App

Washington, D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) failed to disclose records about its employees’ use of an encrypted messaging application, “Signal,” to discuss the Trump administration’s expected changes to the […]

A Warrantless Phone Search, A Dangerous Precedent

Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Defendant Hamza Kolsuz who in February, 2016 was arrested at a Virginia airport attempting to board a plane bound for Istanbul, Turkey. At the time of his arrest, U.S. Department of Homeland […]

The Proof is in the Metadata: Recent Developments in CEI v. OSTP

Last summer, in Competitive Enterprise Institute v. Office of Science & Technology Policy, 827 F.3d 145 (D.C. Cir. 2016) (“CEI v. OSTP”), the D.C. Circuit reached an important decision concerning an agency’s obligation to search private email accounts maintained by government officials for records responsive to a Freedom of Information […]

The Twitter Presidency: Records, Ethics, and Legal Implications (a Series)

At Cause of Action Institute, we work to ensure that the government follows the laws, rules, and standards that apply to it. This is one post in a series addressing various legal implications of the use of social media platforms by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and their respective staffs. […]