MuckRock Release Notes: The shutdown’s impact on FOIA response rates so far, and a Sunshine Week special project needs your help
Last week, we didn’t push many user-facing changes as we continue to push forward on some major long-term projects, so we decided to look at the data that a lot of people have been asking about: Has the shutdown impacted FOIA responses at MuckRock? The answer was surprising. Plus: Come help us kick off a Sunshine Week special project.
More than a year after Amazon released its HQ2 RFP and weeks after it announced the winners, a majority of #AmazonHQ2 bids submitted to the company are still not public. MuckRock and other news outlets obtained many of those that are through public records requests - we break down what has and hasn’t been released.
Thanks to their clever FOIA requests, generous crowdfunding, and taking part in large-scale projects, MuckRock users have now helped release more than three million pages of previously secret documents. Thank you for helping build this resource that’s freely available to all.
We launched portal integration with MuckRock a while ago, but have noticed that we are still missing a lot of portals in the system. We’ve made it easier for us to catch when an agency starts using a portal, plus a few other tweaks to speed up getting requesters to their files.
As e-scooter companies chose to ask for forgiveness, not permission while setting up shop across the country, cities worked quickly to pass regulations. MuckRock surveyed the different approaches they took.