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If you’re trying to master the art of public records, there are few better places to start than the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press. Since 1970, the non-profit has served reporters across the country in fighting to open up government. Here are RCFP’s tips from our recent Slack FOIA Chat.
Declassified CIA docs on Reagan’s “Star Wars” strategy show difficult balance between projecting power - and projecting too much power
Searching the CIA’s declassified document database for documents on the Cold War missile defense program nicknamed “Star Wars” shows that the Agency kept a close watch on public perception, but was wary of Soviets thinking that the program was too powerful - which might lead to an uptick in hostilities.
Since President Donald Trump took office, slow Freedom of Information Act processes have become even slower — although it is tough to determine what, if anything, that means.
MuckRock’s FOIA Slack has grown to over 3,000 registered members, and we’re kicking off a new round of Slack FOIA Chats focused on issues ranging from making the most of resources from the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press to tips from one of America’s most prolific requesters, as well as insight on how to dig into cold case murder files.
Until late in George W. Bush’s administration, White House visitor logs appeared to receive only occasional attention, but unless current legal efforts are successful, whatever access the public had to seeing who stopped by 1600 Pennsylvania Ave might soon be gone for good.
Latest Requests See all
|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|
|DAPL Oil Spill Assessment Report||Rejected||U.S. Army Corps of Engineers||United States of America|
|DHS Binding Operational Directives||Awaiting Response||Department of Homeland Security||United States of America|
|OIP Transition Emails||No Responsive Documents||Director, Office of Information Policy||United States of America|
Recently Completed Requests See all
|Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson Severance Package||Completed||Ferguson Police Department||Ferguson, MO|
|Cohen v. TSA Documents||Completed||Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority||Memphis, TN|
|Copy of Socrata Contract with City of Boston||Completed||Administration and Finance||Boston, MA|
|Booz Allen Hamilton Contracts (Amtrak)||Completed||Amtrak||United States of America|
|Dog Registration Data (Avon Town Clerk)||Completed||Avon Town Clerk||Avon, MA|