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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 to the public had to seeing who stopped by 1600 Pennsylvania Ave might soon be gone for good.
At Guantanamo Bay, detainees, awaiting hearings that may never come, have access to a 35,000-item detainee library. But while that library is primarily filled by donations, its acceptance criteria and process - and even its current catalogue - are strange open secrets, viewable in glimpses but guarded against full disclosure.
In 1983, cybermania would grip the nation: The movie WarGames is released over the summer, becoming a blockbuster hit for the time and intriguing President Ronald Reagan enough to summon his closest advisors to help study emerging cyberthreats and ultimately pass the first directive on cybersecurity. But according to declassified documents, made fully public thanks to MuckRock’s lawsuit, one intelligence agency made a hard pass on the computer craze.
Here at MuckRock, we understand that transparency isn’t easy - or rather, resisting the urge for secrecy is hard. You didn’t mean to shred those incriminating documents, you just redacted a line or two and things got out of hand. It happens. Which is why, starting today, we’re offering indulgences for your sunshine sins - MuckRock Transparency Offsets.
There are a lot of factors when it comes to determining your FOIA request cost, but one of the key ones is which requester category you fall under. Under FOIA fee regulations, there are three broad categories of requesters, and making sure you are classified correctly can mean getting the documents for free or a reasonable fee and being asked to pay thousands - or even hundreds of thousands - of dollars.
Latest Requests See all
|Trump Transition Briefing Materials (OIP)||No Responsive Documents||Department of State||United States of America|
|DAPL Oil Spill Assessment Report||Awaiting Response||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
|Cohen v. TSA Documents||Completed||Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority||Memphis, TN|
|Dog Registration Data (Avon Town Clerk)||Completed||Avon Town Clerk||Avon, MA|
|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|
|Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson Severance Package||Completed||Ferguson Police Department||Ferguson, MO|