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This week's FOIA Roundup: Washington Supreme Court weighs in on birthdays, U.S. Senators file a FOIA, and annual FOIA Awards

This week’s FOIA Roundup: Washington Supreme Court weighs in on birthdays, U.S. Senators file a FOIA, and annual FOIA Awards

Read a great FOIA-based news story we should highlight? Let us know.

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An increase in public records lawsuits, improving FOIA administration, and more

An increase in public records lawsuits, improving FOIA administration, and more

In this week’s news, an increase in FOIA lawsuits last year, some cases to watch, the public records process in the Middle East, another award to nominate someone (or yourself) for, and proposals to improve FOIA administration.

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A new FOIA hotline, transparency awards, and other tips on digging into public records

A new FOIA hotline, transparency awards, and other tips on digging into public records

Another day, another public records request (or two) revealing important information. Here’s ideas we’ve gathered from great reporting this week, plus resources to help you fight for transparency.

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How to double check official claims with public records

How to double check official claims with public records

Shockingly, public officials’ words do not always match up with their actions. Fortunately, public records can help the truth come out. In this week’s roundup, some ways you can double check what officials are up to with private data and public dollars, plus a way to recognize a public records hero for their transparency work.

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FOIA requests that can help tell award-winning stories

FOIA requests that can help tell award-winning stories

For a long time, public records and the Freedom of Information Act were lumped in as the old way of doing things: Who has time to wait on a request that could takes weeks or months or years when digital journalists measure deadlines by the hours? How could photocopies of documents be relevant for an audience we’re told craves nothing but video?

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