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DC lawmakers seek to change local FOIA laws to block access to officials' emails

DC lawmakers seek to change local FOIA laws to block access to officials’ emails

New proposed changes to FOIA law in Washington D.C. could block access to government emails dealing with “matters unrelated to public employees and officials’ work,” among other restrictions.

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Virginia school system stalled release of its secret budget

Virginia school system stalled release of its secret budget

Richmond School Board offers a special lesson in how the Virginia Freedom of Information Act is not supposed to work.

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Updates from our FBI crowdsourcing projects

Updates from our FBI crowdsourcing projects

Here’s the latest finds from our ongoing crowdsourced efforts to explore Ronald Reagan’s Federal Bureau of Investigation file and hunt down Director J. Edgar Hoover’s handwritten notes.

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Alaska takes steps to address its rape kit backlog

Alaska takes steps to address its rape kit backlog

Although our reporting on the rape kit backlog is often bleak, there is some good news - lawmakers in Alaska are taking a step in the right direction by adding $2.75 million to the budget for the testing of every backlogged kit.

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Public records reveal staffing and caseload concerns for agency responsible for protecting adults with disabilities in Massachusetts

Public records reveal staffing and caseload concerns for agency responsible for protecting adults with disabilities in Massachusetts

Despite the growing number of reported abuses against adults with disabilities in Massachusetts, the agencies responsible for responding to complaints haven’t been able to staff up at a comparable rate.

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