Must read FOI stories – 5/30/14
- The Center for Public Integrity is suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for failing to release public documents under the Freedom of Information Act. The Center claims they’ve been trying to obtain “a wide range of records concerning oversight of Medicare Advantage health insurance plans for senior citizens” for more than a year.
- And this is why we have FOIA: Botched nuclear silo drill revealed by The Associated Press.
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection repeatedly refuses to release independent report on use of force to The Center for Investigative Reporting under FOIA.
- “You don’t start a dialogue with FOIA requests”: Students upset with University of Virginia law professor Douglas Laycock’s “defense of laws requiring governments to accommodate controversial religious views” have sent an FOI request for correspondence between the professor and organizations that oppose same-sex marriage. And more on that from Will Creeley, public advocate for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, who suggests the FOIA request threatens academic freedom.
- Six years after requesting salary information on city employees, U-T San Diego finally received public documentation.
- The FBI will release “thousands of investigative files” the agency had on folk singer Pete Seeger after dozens of journalists and “curious members of the public” requested his files under the Freedom of Information Act.
- This is what happens when two public entities, Georgia State University and Georgia Public Broadcasting — both subject to FOI requests — orchestrate a secret deal to take over a student radio station. Detailed emails about their back-room deals surface.
- In response to a FOIA lawsuit, FBI released documents showing they had spied on Nelson Mandela during his first trip to the United States in 1990, four months after his release from 27 years in prison.
David Schick is the summer 2014 Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information intern for SPJ, reporting and researching public records and FOI issues. Contact him at email@example.com or interact on Twitter: @davidcschick