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 […]
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 […]
Transparency suffers when high-ranking government officials use personal email to conduct official business.
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.
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.
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.
Internal State Department documents from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state have slowly made their way to the public through the Freedom of Information Act as Congress fights to reform what many see as a broken transparency law.
The FTC lobbied former Senator Jay Rockefeller to hold up Freedom Of Information Act reform legislation late last year.