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Stories FOIA told this week has a last minute change of plans, but still coming through with your weekly round up of great stories FOIA and public records helped tell this week — plus news about changes (or potential changes) in state laws.
One of the questions we get asked the most about the FOIA and public records process is how long you should expect to wait. While every agency and jurisdiction page on MuckRock has that average, we decided to dig a little deeper into our deeper into our data, and also make it accessible for everyone else.
Since the 2007 Open Government Act, the Office of Government Information Services has had a mandate to help mediate disputes between requesters and FOIA offices. With the 2016 FOIA Improvement Act, the responsibility of the office has been further expanded, and in this Agency Voice, OGIS director Alina M. Semo shares her view on the challenges ahead for the FOIA community.
Find to find your FOIA posse? Sunshine Week starts March 12, with events online and around the country to help bring together transparency lovers of all stripes. MuckRock is hosting two events in Boston that week, and we’ll be participating in the National Archives event in DC. Join us!
Latest Requests See all
|Trump Transition Briefing Materials (OIP)||Awaiting Acknowledgement||Department of State||United States of America|
|DAPL Oil Spill Assessment Report||Awaiting Acknowledgement||U.S. Army Corps of Engineers||United States of America|
|DHS Binding Operational Directives||Fix Required||Department of Homeland Security||United States of America|
|OIP Transition Emails||No Responsive Documents||Director, Office of Information Policy||United States of America|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 7 report findings (Consumer Products Safety Commission)||No Responsive Documents||Consumer Products Safety Commission||United States of America|
Recently Completed Requests See all
|Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson Severance Package||Completed||Ferguson Police Department||Ferguson, MO|
|Copy of Socrata Contract with City of Boston||Completed||Administration and Finance||Boston, MA|
|Cohen v. TSA Documents||Completed||Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority||Memphis, TN|
|Booz Allen Hamilton Contracts (Amtrak)||Completed||Amtrak||United States of America|
|Dog Registration Data (Avon Town Clerk)||Completed||Avon Town Clerk||Avon, MA|