The FOIA Roundup: Trump's visit to CIA HQ & three minutes to police transparency

The FOIA Roundup: Trump’s visit to CIA HQ & three minutes to police transparency

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Forgery and FOIA at Florida’s Department of Transportation

Former FDOT general counsel Erik Fenniman forged signatures and established his own plan for avoiding a paper trail and public records laws, according to another agency attorney interviewed in April as part of an investigation by the inspector general. You can read more from Matt Dixon at POLITICO.

Missed H.O.P.E.? You can now find it online.

There were many very cool conference items at this year’s remote Hackers On Planet Earth conference, and computer whizzes and civilians alike can see them all, including a presentation from MuckRock co-founder Michael Morisy, here on the Internet Archive.

FOIA Summer Reading Alert: Nicholson Baker’s Baseless

In his new book *Baseless: My Search for Secrets innthe Ruins of the Freedom of Information Ac*t, author Nicholson Baker explores the wormhole that can be the FOIA. Check it out for the insight into state secrecy and the cameo from MuckRock.

Sentencing Roger Stone

New emails give a behind-the-scenes look at the Department of Justice as it considered reducing its sentence for Trump associate Roger Stone. Read more from Zoe Tillman and Jason Leopold on Buzzfeed.

FOIA suits filed by American Oversight

The nonprofit American Oversight filed a few new #FOIA lawsuits against the Trump administration in the last week, including for records on deaths of individuals in Customs and Border Protection custody and COVID-19’s effects on the 2020 census.

For Your Situation Awareness (FYSA): Following requests on MuckRock

Did you know that if your interest is piqued by an open request on MuckRock, you can be emailed about updates as they come in? Sign up for a free MuckRock account and then click the “Follow” button at the top of any request page.

A fresh call to bring sunlight to the Massachusetts legislature

With that Bay State legislators are off for the summer, transparency advocates are reflection on just how little sunlight state lawmakers allow to shine on their actions all year round. Read more on the unusual stance Massachusetts takes on public records from Dan Kennedy on WGBH.

Where the CPD sees the gangs of Chicago

Lucy Parsons Labs has a collection of maps from the Chicago Police Department, released after a FOIA lawsuit, showing their outlines of “gang territorial boundaries” by area.

From the Weird World of FOIA: Either >7000 or nothing at all

We love jokes. Do you have a #FOIA joke?

Twitter wrapped up July with a meme-of-the-week format that FOIA lovers couldn’t resist. Do you have a #FOIA joke? Tweet it at us. We’d love a laugh.

(If you’ve seen an agency use COVID-19 as a reason to delay the processing of your request, please let us know!)

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