It’s time to finalize ‘release to one, release to all’

It’s time to finalize ‘release to one, release to all’ By Tyler Arnold The Trump administration recently announced its plan to accelerate the processing of a 13,000 records-request backlog that has piled up over the past decade at the U.S. State Department. This is a good start, but the president has an […]

CoA Institute Investigates CFPB’s ‘Dumbledore Army’ Using Encrypted Messaging Apps to Thwart Transparency

Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today filed a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request after media reports identified a number of career employees at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) who use encrypted messaging apps to communicate about ways to resist changes under newly Trump-appointed acting […]

Cause of Action Institute Sues White House OMB Over Failure to Act on Transparency Rules

Washington, DC – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today filed a lawsuit against the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for failing to act on two petitions for rulemaking submitted well over a year ago. Both petitions ask OMB to take its transparency obligations seriously and enact […]

Transparency Groups: Finalize “Release to One, Release to All” FOIA Policy

Cause of Action Institute and Sunlight Foundation file petition to advance rule that would promote broad disclosure of agency records Washington, DC – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today joined the Sunlight Foundation in filing a petition for rulemaking demanding the Trump administration move forward with a rule to […]

Progress has been made in appointing IGs, but more should be done

Earlier this year, we highlighted an important, troubling, occasion: the passage of the 3,000th day without a permanent Inspector General (“IG”) at the Department of the Interior.  Five months have passed and President Trump has still not appointed a watchdog for that agency.  At least eight other IG offices are […]

CoA Institute Sues FTC for Records Improperly Withheld Under Immunity Reserved for Congress

Washington, D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today filed a lawsuit against the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) for improperly withholding records related to the agency’s communication with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (“OGR”). CoA Institute requested these records under the Freedom of […]

Lawsuit Seeks Records on White House’s Failure to Update FOIA Fee Guidance

Washington, D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today filed a lawsuit against the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for records that would show the agency’s action, or lack thereof, to review two pending petitions for rulemaking, one of which is seeking an update to its […]