Archives for 2019

USDA Adopts CoA Institute’s Recommendations for Improved FOIA Regulations

These changes are a small, but important, step towards more transparent government and proper administration of the FOIA.

NASA Adopts CoA Institute’s Recommendations to Improve Revised FOIA Regulations

NASA’s rule incorporates important revisions proposed by Cause of Action Institute

White House Issues Executive Orders Curtailing Use of Guidance Documents to Bypass Notice-and-Comment Rulemaking and Imposing Public Disclosure Requirement

On October 9, 2019, the White House issued two executive orders designed to curtail the abuse of guidance documents by government agencies. Both orders address due process violations by agencies by requiring notice and an opportunity to be heard before action can be taken or liability imposed against alleged wrongdoers. […]

CoA Institute Sues White House Office of Management and Budget over Refusal to Update Outdated FOIA Fee Guidelines

Ensuring that FOIA fees are not improperly used to block agency oversight is one way that OMB can make a difference.

Cause of Action Sues Commerce Department for Failing to Release Section 232 Uranium Report

Commerce is flouting the publication requirements of both Section 232 and the Freedom of Information Act

FTC v. Qualcomm: FTC Oversteps its Section 13(b) Authority . . . Again

On August 30, 2019, Cause of Action Institute (CoA) filed an amicus brief in the Ninth Circuit in support of Qualcomm in FTC v. Qualcomm, Inc., No. 19-16122.  This unprecedented, highly controversial case of international importance represents FTC’s latest ultra vires attempt to expand its powers.  It does so here by seeking […]

FEC IG Report Leaves Weintraub Unchecked

In February 2017, Cause of Action Institute asked the Inspector General (“IG”) for the Federal Election Commission (“FEC”) to look into statements made by Commissioner Ellen Weintraub.  We recently obtained a copy of the IG’s report on the issue, clearing Commissioner Weintraub of wrongdoing. Although we disagree with the IG’s […]