The Third Annual Foilies are here - submit your strangest public records experience

The EFF and MuckRock want to hear your FOIA horror stories

Written by JPat Brown

Everyone in the world of public records has at least one experience that’s straight out of Kafka - maybe the agency gave an estimated completion date of next century, or the “responsive documents” turned out to be a couple hundred blank pages.

In that spirit of commiseration, MuckRock is proud to announce that we’re partnering again with EFF for the third-annual “Foilies” Awards.

Winners from last year included the Pentagon’s $660 million FOIA fee, the ODNI’s illuminating eight-page memo, and of course, these infamous envelopes:

Send nominations to with “FOILIES 2016 NOMINATION” in the subject line before Jan. 31, 2017. Please include a category, description, links, and a way for us to reach you with further questions. This information will remain confidential.

Alternatively, if it’s a MuckRock request, let us know the name and request number at and we’ll take care of the rest.

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