The EPA bypassed public comment on its new FOIA regulations, which raises some important legal questions

The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) has long struggled with the politicization and abuse of its Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) processes.  Indeed, as Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) has repeatedly argued, the agency has a “terrible track record for anti-transparency behavior”—from the weaponization of fee waivers and the use […]

Busted During Sunshine Week: EPA Employees Still Appear to be Using Unauthorized Messaging Applications

Cause of Action Institute Urges Chairman Cummings to Investigate EPA Employees’ Violation of Disclosure & Records Retention Laws Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute), a nonpartisan strategic oversight group, sent a letter to U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform (Oversight Committee), on […]

EPA Jobs Loss Evaluations Update

Late last year, CoA submitted an amicus brief in the case of Murray Energy v. EPA.  The brief supported Murray Energy’s cert. petition seeking review of its case before the Supreme Court.  The Murray Energy case centered on employment evaluations required under Section 321(a) of the Clean Air Act. A […]

EPA responds to House OGR Democrats, arguing FOIA “sensitive review” originated with the Obama Administration

CoA Institute has submitted a FOIA request to the EPA seeking further information about the agency’s sensitive review policy

EPA Chief of Staff describes agency’s sensitive review process for “politically charged” FOIA requests

We remain committed to exposing sensitive review & combating all FOIA politicization.

New Records Reveal the FAA Has Been Tracking FOIA Media Requesters

The Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) was introduced to ensure public access to records of the Executive Branch.  Unfortunately, agency FOIA processes have long suffered from politicization at the hands of bureaucrats and political appointees who hope to frustrate the disclosure of embarrassing or newsworthy documents.  A recent report about […]

Politics Clouding Criticism of the EPA’s Heightened Sensitive Review FOIA Procedures

Last week, a report from Politico revealed that the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) maintains a burdensome “sensitive review” process for Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) requests concerning Administrator Scott Pruitt’s activities.  According to internal sources, officials within the Office of the Administrator have “reviewed documents collected for most or all […]