Investigation Update: VA releases 2014 memo on “sensitive review,” but fails to conduct an adequate search for more recent FOIA guidance

In August 2018, a group of eight Democratic Senators, wrote to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to express alarm over the possible politicization of the agency’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) processes. Specifically, they were concerned about the involvement of political appointees in the FOIA decision-making process.  Cause of […]

CoA Institute Highlights Deficiencies in Proposed Rule to Shift Burdensome Costs of At-Sea Monitoring to Commercial Fishermen

The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC), in coordination with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), seeks to approve and implement a controversial set of regulatory amendments that would create a new industry-funding requirement for at-sea monitoring in the Atlantic herring fishery and, moreover, create a standardized process for introducing […]

Records Show How Former FBI Director James Comey Misled the DOJ Inspector General About His Personal Email Use

The ability to shroud government action in secrecy harms the rights of every American and undermines a free and open society Cause of Action Institute filed a FOIA request and later sued DOJ after former FBI Director James Comey admitted to using personal email to conduct official business Cause of […]

Congress May Give the FTC More Money and Power, Making Its Internal Watchdog More Important than Ever

Left unchecked, the powers of the FTC can undermine the ability for entrepreneurs and innovators to reach their full potential

Supreme Court Rules Economic Impact of Fish and Wildlife Decision Subject to Judicial Review

In an ongoing battle between landowners and the federal government, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in Weyerhaeuser Co. vs. U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, when it designated private land in Louisiana as “unoccupied critical habitat.”  In a significant portion of the Court’s […]

CoA Institute opens government-wide investigation into agency implementation of the FOIA’s “foreseeable harm” standard

Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) launched an investigation last week into the Administration’s implementation of the Freedom of Information Act’s (FOIA) “foreseeable harm” standard.  That provision, which was added to the statute with passage of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, is designed to ensure that federal agencies only […]

HUD Emails Reveal Significant Agency Confusion Regarding 2013/2014 Multi-Billion Dollar Mortgage Settlements

More than three years ago, Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information related to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) involvement in the 2013/2014 multibillion-dollar mortgage settlements between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Bank of America, […]