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In the D.C. area and want to learn how to peek inside federal agencies using FOIA? Join the Society of Professional Journalists D.C. chapter and MuckRock for a fun, informative talk by FOIA expert Michael Ravnitzky, followed by a few rounds of FOIA Karaoke.
Since before even taking office, President Donald J. Trump has been the center of intense impeachment gossip. Cut through the speculation and read how it works from the source, the Department of Justice itself.
Last week, over 1,500 journalists convened in Phoenix for the 40th Investigative Reporters and Editors conference. And while leaks, scraping, and a number of other cutting-edge techniques were all on display, many attendees brought great FOIA and public records ideas with them. Here’s some of the suggestions I picked up, including stories you can use for inspiration.
MuckRock users come from different walks of life and all parts of the country, united in the idea that government by the people must be a government that is open to the people. Thanks to that belief - and a helpful community of committed FOIA filers - MuckRock users have now collectively filed 10,000 successful FOIA and public records requests.
DAPL report Army Corps of Engineers claimed “too dangerous” to release to public has been up on its website for a year
The Army Corps of Engineers’ response to basic requests for documents on the Dakota Access Pipeline has been reticent at best and often downright bizarre, but perhaps no response has been weirder than the agency’s rejection of a request for a simple environmental impact assessment - which the agency had already posted in full on its website.
Latest Requests See all
|"Legal Aspects of Impeachment" Memo||Completed||Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel||United States of America|
|Trump-Comey Memos||Rejected||Federal Bureau of Investigation||United States of America|
|DAPL Environmental Impact Assessment Processing Notes||Awaiting Response||U.S. Army Corps of Engineers||United States of America|
|Illinois Department of Labor records retention schedule||Completed||Department of Labor||Illinois|
|Trump Transition Briefing Materials (OIP)||No Responsive Documents||Department of State||United States of America|
Recently Completed Requests See all
|Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson Severance Package||Completed||Ferguson Police Department||Ferguson, MO|
|Dog Registration Data (Avon Town Clerk)||Completed||Avon Town Clerk||Avon, MA|
|Cohen v. TSA Documents||Completed||Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority||Memphis, TN|
|Booz Allen Hamilton Contracts (Amtrak)||Completed||Amtrak||United States of America|
|Copy of Socrata Contract with City of Boston||Completed||Administration and Finance||Boston, MA|