Defining a “Record” under FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act has provided the public with access to federal agency records since the mid-1960s.  As hard as it may be to believe, the definition of a “record” is still not established.  There has been a great deal of litigation over the definition of an “agency record” […]

USAID Adopts CoA Institute’s Proposals in New FOIA Regulations

The U.S. Agency for International Development (“USAID”) finalized new Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) regulations today, accepting two revisions proposed by Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) in a comment submitted in October 2016. CoA Institute had made two recommendations in response to USAID’s proposed rulemaking.  First, we urged the […]

Cause of Action Institute Investigates Arizona Electrical Market

Cause of Action Institute is investigating the battle for retail market share in Arizona between electric power for consumers and businesses regulated and controlled by the Arizona Corporation Commission (“ACC”), and rooftop solar competition, including competition from SolarCity Corp., (“SolarCity”). The ACC is a quasi-executive regulatory agency in the Arizona […]

More needs to be done to fix FOIA (Judge Lechner Opinion–The Hill)

More needs to be done to fix FOIA By Alfred J. Lechner, Jr. | July 06, 2016 Having just celebrated its “golden” 50th anniversary this Independence Day, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is in desperate need of reform. President Obama issued a memorandum a day after his inauguration directing that the FOIA “should be […]

Cause of Action Institute Investigates Private Meeting Between Bill Clinton, Attorney General

Washington, DC – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information surrounding the recent private meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and President Bill Clinton that occurred on June 27, 2016 at the Phoenix airport, just days before the FBI announced it […]

Cause of Action Institute Investigates Terms of $14 Million Contract Between CFPB and Political Ad Firm

Washington, DC – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for information surrounding a recent contract worth an estimated $14 million with GMMB, Inc., a powerful media consulting shop. GMMB, Inc. has produced partisan political ads […]

Press Call to Discuss Justice Department’s Mortgage Settlements

WASHINGTON – Cause of Action (CoA) Institute has led efforts to investigate the settlements between the Justice department and big banks over their allegedly faulty mortgage practices. Last year, CoA Institute issued multiple public records requests aimed at exploring whether DoJ has the legal authority to enter into these settlements […]