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FOIA 101: How to dig up information on federal political appointments

FOIA 101: How to dig up information on federal political appointments

There may be no complete repository of federal appointees, but FOIA can be your inroad to learning the history of who has been added to an agency.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: Records show gender disparity in Congressional nominees, Chicago Police profiled citizens who spoke at board meetings, and an Oregon judge undercuts state public records law

This week’s FOIA round-up: Records show gender disparity in Congressional nominees, Chicago Police profiled citizens who spoke at board meetings, and an Oregon judge undercuts state public records law

In this week’s FOIA round-up, analysis shows that men still vastly outnumber women in Congressional nominations to service academies, the Chicago Tribune obtained documents revealing that Chicago Police Department has been compiling profiles on citizens who spoke at their monthly board meetings, and an Oregon judge’s recent ruling could have a disastrous impact on the state’s public records law.

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Senate introduces legislation to clarify presumption of disclosure in FOIA

Senate introduces legislation to clarify presumption of disclosure in FOIA

A bipartisan team of senior U.S. Senators has introduced legislation to clarify important sections of the Freedom of Information Act and codify a presumption of disclosure for commercial records.

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One year after massive protests, Nicaraguan government remains ensconced in power

One year after massive protests, Nicaraguan government remains ensconced in power

This month marks the one-year anniversary since the citizens of Nicaragua began a fierce civic uprising against President Daniel Ortega’s administration. A former leader in the Sandinistas, Ortega has faced international criticism over his elimination of term limits, and the revival of broad censorship and repression of the late ‘70s and ‘80s.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: House Democrats ask for more money to give to the Interior Department’s FOIA office, Amazon spoofs fake packages for cops, and a law student sues a South Carolina county

This week’s FOIA round-up: House Democrats ask for more money to give to the Interior Department’s FOIA office, Amazon spoofs fake packages for cops, and a law student sues a South Carolina county

In this week’s FOIA round-up, House Democrats look to increase funding to the Interior Department’s FOIA office, records show Amazon collaborated with local law enforcement on sting operations to deter package theft, and a Cornell University law student sues a South Carolina county for excessive fees.

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