Cause of Action Institute Secures Rare Preservation Order in Fight to Obtain DOJ Records Created on Personal Email Account

Government official caught using personal email to conduct official business ordered to maintain copies of all records in Gmail account Washington, D.C. (April 26, 2019) – Cause of Action Institute (CoA Institute), a nonpartisan government watchdog organization, today announced it had secured a rare federal court order requiring a former […]

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 […]

CoA Institute Calls for EPA Watchdog Investigation into the Use of Unauthorized Electronic Messaging and Web-Based Email Apps on Agency Devices

Washington, D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) wrote yesterday to the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) to request an investigation into the unauthorized use of electronic messaging and web-based email applications on agency-furnished and taxpayer-funded mobile devices, including iPhones and iPads. CoA Institute’s request […]

Cause of Action Institute Launches Investigation into Agency Use of Instant Messaging Applications

The number of communications devices and platforms has mushroomed in recent years, making communication both quicker and easier. Naturally, these technologies have been incorporated into business and government. The use of instant messaging applications (“IM”) for business communications has become so common that most enterprise software includes IM functionality (for […]