Archives for November 2016

CoA Institute Investigates Employee Telework Fraud at U.S. Patent Office

Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) today sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking records from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) after details emerged about extensive attendance and telework abuse by agency employees. The FOIA request seeks records to clarify whether disciplinary action […]

CoA Institute Influences New DHS FOIA Regulations

  The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) just finalized new Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) regulations. Last year, Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) submitted comments to DHS in response to its proposed rule.  We urged the agency to remove the outdated “organized and operated” language from its definition of […]

CoA Institute Files Lawsuit to Obtain Communications Surrounding Interior’s Decision to Exclude Atlantic from Oil and Gas Leasing Program

Washington, DC – Today, Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) filed a complaint in federal court against the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to find out whether DOI’s decision to withdraw the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) from the 2017-2022 Oil and Gas Leasing Program was politically motivated.  In […]

If the Government Wants to Monitor Fishermen, the Government Should Pay

CoA Institute files opening brief in appeal of decision to force costs of at-sea monitors on struggling fishermen Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) has filed its opening brief in an appeal of the district court’s decision that fishermen should be forced to pay for their own […]

The Government Should Not Use Americans’ Confidential Tax Information to Sell ObamaCare

Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) today sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and requested two separate Inspector General (IG) investigations after details emerged about the federal government using confidential taxpayer information to market ObamaCare to […]

Circuit Court Hears Oral Argument in Cause of Action Institute Federal Records Act Case on Clinton Emails

Today, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard oral arguments in Cause of Action Institute’s lawsuit against Secretary of State John Kerry and Archivist of the United States David Ferriero.  The case originally sought to enforce the officials’ Federal Records Act duties to initiate action through the Attorney […]

CoA Institute Sues Treasury for “Sensitive” Records Concealed from Public Disclosure

Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) today filed a lawsuit to compel production of records from the U.S. Department of Treasury dealing with the agency’s “sensitive review” policy. These policies often delay open records requests through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), particularly when such productions contain […]