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

CoA Institute Sues White House Office of Management and Budget over Refusal to Update Outdated FOIA Fee Guidelines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

Investigation Update: The VA continues to subject certain FOIA requests to “sensitive review,” but the agency is keeping records about the practice secret

Over the past year, Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) has been investigating the Department of Veterans Affairs for its continued politicization (here, here, and here) of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”).  That politicization takes the form of “sensitive review,” which refers generally to the practice of giving certain […]

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 […]

CoA Institute Commends Bipartisan Group of Senators for Introducing FOIA Bill to Correct the Supreme Court’s Decision on Exemption 4

Washington, D.C. (July 24, 2019) – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) commends Senators Grassley, Leahy, Cornyn, and Feinstein for introducing the Open and Responsive Government Act of 2019 (S. 2220), a bill that would correct the Supreme Court’s recent misinterpretation of Exemption 4 within the Freedom of Information Act […]