FOIA March Madness 2017
After the initial FOIA request comes the appeal. Don’t like your fee category? Never heard back from the agency? Or, if you did, were redactions where they didn’t belong? There are a few reasons a requester might want to appeal an agency’s response to a request, and before taking the matter to court, the administrative appeal can be a useful tool in prying more materials out of the government.
Check out the language of this year’s competition by visiting one of the requests associated with this project page. Stay on top of an agency’s response by following the request; you’ll receive updates each time we hear something back. And be sure to check back for the completed materials to learn how to file a more successful appeal.
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Want to play? All you have to do is choose your winner for each bracket category and one overall winner for the tournament. Submit your picks in the form below.
Need a guide to crafting your own appeal to some common denials from agencies holding back your documents? Here’s your quick how-to in the words of those winning requesters themselves, put together by 2017’s Most Responsive Agency, the Securities and Exchange Commission.
For a month, 64 federal government Freedom of Information Act agencies have been waging noble battle for the title of Most Responsive Agency 2017. It’s been four weeks of phone conversations, follow ups, and frustratingly close calls, and now we’re ready to announce the champion of this year’s match-up.
It’s week four of MuckRock’s bracket-style March Madness race to fill a FOIA the fastest, which means it time to announce the winners of each division - and who made it into the FOIA Final Four.
Beryl Lipton sent this request to the U.S. Department Of Agriculture, Office of the Secretary of the United States of America