CoA Institute Investigates Role of DHS, Shooter’s Motives in Dallas Shooting

Washington, DC – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to investigate the involvement of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in investigating and responding to the recent shooting of Dallas police officers. In light of seemingly contradictory statements by Secretary Johnson […]

Did Federal Government Push Controversial Hawaii Gun Law?

Washington, DC – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) today filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to examine any potential involvement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in preparing or advocating for Hawaii’s recently-passed law to restrict the exercise of constitutionally-protected gun rights. CoA Institute President and CEO, […]

Cause of Action Institute Petitions OMB to Update FOIA Fee Guide

Today, Cause of Action Institute filed a petition for rulemaking with the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), urging it to update its obsolete guidance document that federal agencies rely on when making FOIA fee determinations.  The petition seeks to implement Cause of Action Institute’s landmark legal win […]

IG Report on Clinton Email Consistent with CoA Complaint

Washington, DC – Cause of Action (CoA) Institute President and CEO and former Federal Judge Alfred J. Lechner, Jr. today released the following statement following the release of a State Department Office of Inspector General (IG) report that found Hillary Clinton failed to comply with the Federal Records Act during […]

TechDirt – Lawsuit Filed After Export-Import Bank Official Swears He ‘Accidentally’ Deleted All Of His Responsive Text Messages

CoA sought text messages sent or received by top officials during the period of days between November 2, 2014 and November 8, 2014.

Daily Signal – Top Export-Import Bank Official Deletes Text Messages Sent During 2014 Midterm Elections

CoA has learned a top-ranking official at the Export-Import Bank deleted text messages sent during the 2014 midterm elections.

Washington Free Beacon: Ex-Im Official Deleted Text Messages After FOIA Request

A top official at a controversial U.S. export finance agency deleted text messages sent within days of the 2014 midterm elections after a watchdog group filed an open records request for the messages.

Cause of Action Launches Investigation Into The Justice Department’s Settlements With Large Financial Firms

Cause of Action filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking clarity from the Justice Department on its legal authority to enter into financial settlements and arbitrarily allocate settlement funds.

National Review: The Obama Administration’s Newly Political Approach to FOIAs

At the Treasury Department, the memo came down from the deputy executive secretary, Wally Adeyemo, in December of 2009. Going forward, the memo stated, “sensitive information” requested under the Freedom of Information Act was to be reviewed not only by career FOIA officials but also by a committee of political appointees, including Adeyemo and representatives from the public-affairs, legislative-affairs, and general counsel’s office, before release.