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Using public documents to show the high cost of secrecy

Using public documents to show the high cost of secrecy

Whether you’re digging into state house harassment or what public employees get paid to quit their job, there’s some great examples to learn from reading the reporting out there. Here’s some of our favorites from this past week.

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Is the government spending money on it? Well, then, you have a right to know about it.

Is the government spending money on it? Well, then, you have a right to know about it.

Every year, literally hundreds of billions of tax dollars are spent on contracting agreements with private businesses. And all of them are subject - to some extent - to public records laws and inspections.

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Pentagon claims list of information exempt from FOIA is exempt from FOIA

Pentagon claims list of information exempt from FOIA is exempt from FOIA

Earlier this year, Emma Best filed a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the Department of Defense’s most recent declassification guide, with the goal of better understanding what the Pentagon believes can or can’t be released to the public. Just this week, the guide came in but with one notable omission: the entire section on what the Pentagon believes can or can’t be released to the public

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Maine town tries to charge MuckRock $750 for opening an email

Maine town tries to charge MuckRock $750 for opening an email

This week, in absurd and illegal requests, Maine’s Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority said that MuckRock is required to pay $750 because we opened the email they sent with their 37-page bid for Amazon second headquarters.

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To get some immigration-related records, FOIA is the only option

To get some immigration-related records, FOIA is the only option

The United States of America is the primary destination for more members of the global migrant population than any other country. To handle the constant influx of foreign individuals - both legally-authorized and otherwise - across the borders, the federal government relies on a handful of agencies to funnel foreign visitors and residents in and out of the country. The Freedom of Information Act and equivalent state laws can help to shed some light into how the immigration system on all levels is working - or not.

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