The coming of a new year is a great time to start fresh and set ambitious goals for where you want to go and who you want to be. Around here at MuckRock, we tend to get pretty single-minded about getting fresh public records, so we decided to share our 2016 FOIA resolutions, along with those of other requesters.
My new year's resolution is to at least double the number of FOIA requests that I filed this year— Anton (@anton612) December 30, 2015
From Beryl Lipton, MuckRock reporter:
I want to make better relationships with local FOIA officers. We’re teammates, not adversaries! Unless you make me sue you, then I guess we are adversaries.
I want to do more projects, i.e., I want to do more requesting around a certain thing with the goal of presenting a comprehensive scope.
My resolution would be to see Congress finally reform b5 and that FBI would be held accountable for invoking b7a without first conducting a search for records to determine if it would interfere with ongoing investigations
My FOIA resolution is to write one personalized thank you to one FOIA officer who’s gone above and beyond.
I think it would be really great to crowdsource a FOIA effort through which we could get the FOIA training and reference materials used by every FOIA office. Maybe post them in a central location so people could refer to it for guidance on how to tailor their requests to specific agencies.
In 2016, I’d like to take the time to appeal more rejections and redactions. Also, to finally get a significant release of documents from the NYPD.
FOIA reform signed by the President
Meaningful FOIA reform signed by the President
No matter what your FOIA resolution is, may 2016 bring you full releases and speedy responses. Cheers!
Header image via New York Public Library.