Archives for August 2016

CoA Institute Investigates Political Pressure in Decision to Withdraw Atlantic OCS from Oil and Gas Leasing Program

Washington, DC – Today, Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to find out whether there was political pressure surrounding DOI’s decision to withdraw the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) from its five-year Oil and […]

CoA Institute Probes HHS’s Decision to Use Taxpayer Money to Pay Off Insurance Companies

Taxpayers have yet to be paid $5 billion they are owed under Obamacare’s reinsurance program.

CoA Institute Seeks Records on Clinton Ethics

Washington, DC – Today, Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Department of State seeking information about Secretary Hillary Clinton’s interactions with the Department’s ethics office. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FOIA REQUEST Recently released emails demonstrate that Clinton Foundation donors may […]

No Accountability at the State Department

The U.S. Department of State has been embroiled in a string of humiliating public relations and accountability scandals.  From former Secretary Clinton’s emails to the Iran ransom payment, the agency has been unable to get past uncomfortable questions about the way it relates to the public.  But it’s the deleting […]

Cause of Action Institute Calls on CFPB to Withdraw Arbitration Rule Based on Junk Science

This week, Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) filed a regulatory comment with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), highlighting key problems with CFPB’s proposed Arbitration Rule.  This rule would outlaw mandatory arbitration clauses in certain financial services contracts, leading to more lawsuits and raising costs for consumers. When an […]

Forbes: Group Challenges CFPB Arbitration Rule As ‘Arbitrary’ And Unsupported By Data

A conservative group is challenging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed rule banning class-action waivers in financial contracts, saying the agency failed to provide enough data to support its premise. Cause of Action Institute says in a filing with the CFPB that the agency violated the Administrative Procedure Act and […]

There is No Tenth Exemption

The Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) provides access to records, not information.  This may seem like a minor distinction but in the FOIA world it can mean the difference between uncovering government wrongdoing and having your request rejected because it was poorly thought out.  The distinction also means that when […]