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Bureau of Land Management looks to limit the number of FOIA requests organizations can file with the agency

Bureau of Land Management looks to limit the number of FOIA requests organizations can file with the agency

According to records obtained by the Washington Post, the Bureau of Land Management is recommending new legislation that would limit the number of FOIA requests individuals and agencies could file with the agency, create stricter criteria for fee waivers, and increase fees for “search and redaction.”

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Which cities are refusing to share their #AmazonHQ2 bids - and why

Which cities are refusing to share their #AmazonHQ2 bids - and why

Since launching our project to hunt down every proposal Amazon received for its second headquarters, we’ve found that a number of cities were more than happy to share what they’re offering to lure in the tech giant. A growing number, however, aren’t so keen and are keeping their bids hidden in a shroud of exemptions. Here’s a look at which cities rejected our request and why.

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DAPL Environmental Impact Assessment FOIA notes show debate about what report actually included

DAPL Environmental Impact Assessment FOIA notes show debate about what report actually included

Over the past few years, many Freedom of Information Act offices have worked hard to better engage requesters and help guide requests down the right path. A recent DAPL-related rejection shows why that kind of dialog makes everyone’s life easier.

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DAPL report Army Corps of Engineers claimed "too dangerous" to release to public has been up on its website for a year

DAPL report Army Corps of Engineers claimed “too dangerous” to release to public has been up on its website for a year

The Army Corps of Engineers’ response to basic requests for documents on the Dakota Access Pipeline has been reticent at best and often downright bizarre, but perhaps no response has been weirder than the agency’s rejection of a request for a simple environmental impact assessment - which the agency had already posted in full on its website.

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Army Corps of Engineers argues releasing DAPL oil spill assessment reports would endanger lives

Army Corps of Engineers argues releasing DAPL oil spill assessment reports would endanger lives

The Army Corps of Engineers have rejected a FOIA request for the “assessment report on the potential impact of an oil spill of the Dakota Access pipeline,” arguing that the release of such information would people’s lives at risk.

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