NOAA Records Demonstrate Expansion of Sensitive Review FOIA Procedures

The Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) ensures all citizens equal and open access to records of the administrative state.  It should come as no surprise, however, that the Executive Branch has never been thrilled about disclosing its records to the general public.  At various times, the White House has orchestrated […]

DHS Fails to Locate Records Concerning Compliance with Federal Records Act over Private Web-based Email Accounts

Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) filed a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) appeal with the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) yesterday, challenging the adequacy of the agency’s search for records concerning the use of private web-based email accounts by former DHS officials, as well as efforts to recover federal […]

CoA Institute Criticizes the Presidio Trust on Flawed FOIA Rule

Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) submitted a comment today to the Presidio Trust concerning the agency’s publication of a flawed FOIA rule intended to revise the agency’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) regulations. Congress created the Presidio Trust in 1996 to oversee and manage interior lands of The Presido, […]

NOAA FOIA Response Suggests Refusal to Search Council Member Email Accounts for Records on At-Sea Monitoring Amendment

Earlier this month, Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) filed an administrative appeal of a final response by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (“NOAA”) to CoA Institute’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request concerning NOAA’s efforts to expand industry funded at-sea monitoring—specifically, to the herring and mackerel fisheries—and to […]

CoA Institute Calls on HUD Watchdog to Pull Flawed FOIA Rule

Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) has sent a public letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) to request that the agency watchdog recall and revise its recent direct final rule implementing changes to its Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) regulations.  Specifically, […]

VA Travel Fraud Shows Even Reformers Can Misuse Government Power

There is little doubt that recent reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs represent remarkable progress.  Last year saw the appointment of a new head for the agency, David Shulkin, and the passage of legislation giving him the power to start implementing badly-needed changes.  It was a lesson in how […]

Investigation Update: OPM Provides Deficient FOIA Response on Congressional Oversight Policy

For the past year, Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) has been investigating rumors that the Trump Administration is directing federal agencies to ignore congressional oversight requests from Democratic legislators.  Various reports (here and here), which detail contentious interactions between congressional staffs and employees at the General Services Administration (“GSA”) […]