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Announcing the winner of FOIA March Madness 2018

Announcing the winner of FOIA March Madness 2018

Time moves at a different pace in the current FOI universe, and in keeping with tradition, we’re wrapping up our annual race to the completed request, FOIA March Madness 2018, well past the 20-day mark.

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Visualizing transparency: Comparing request processing times

Visualizing transparency: Comparing request processing times

Records requests can take anywhere between a few days to sometimes even years. But how much does the level of the agency impact how long you’ll have to wait? Eesha Pendharkar sifted through the last four years of our request data to find out.

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Learn the secrets of the government's psychic spies

Learn the secrets of the government’s psychic spies

An eight page document unearthed in the Central Intelligence Agency’s declassified archives offers a standardized procedure for remote viewing, the psychic espionage technique utilized by various agencies during the government’s decades-long researcher into the militarization of ESP.

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What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Troy Thibodeaux

What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Troy Thibodeaux

Troy Thibodeaux, the Associated Press’ data desk editor, joined us on MuckRock’s Slack channel to talk about how to get and use data.

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Puerto Rico looks to privatize its prison system

Puerto Rico looks to privatize its prison system

As part of efforts to rebuild and restructure Puerto Rico after last fall’s destructive hurricane season, the island territory is actively planning to use private prisons on the mainland to house a third of its current inmate population.

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