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Social Security Death Master File

A database of everyone who's died more than 3 calendar years ago.

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Requester’s Voice: The Washington Post’s Steven Rich

Requester’s Voice: The Washington Post’s Steven Rich

Steven Rich, the database editor for the investigations team at The Washington Post, recently gained access to a database that traced every pain pill distributed across the US between 2006 and 2012. The database provides a look at where opioids have been distributed by which pharmaceutical companies, and shows that the federal government has long been aware of the scope of the opioid crisis. Rich spoke to MuckRock about taking advantage of a lawsuit to gain access to the Drug Enforcement Administration pain pill database and how to use public records to report on private companies.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: ICE uses driver license databases to target immigrants, a Navy admiral abruptly steps down amid email scandal, and activists push back against police gang databases

This week’s FOIA round-up: ICE uses driver license databases to target immigrants, a Navy admiral abruptly steps down amid email scandal, and activists push back against police gang databases

In this week’s FOIA round-up, records show federal law enforcement officials combine facial recognition software with drivers liscened databases to track undocumented immigrants, an admiral slated to become the next U.S. Navy chief abruptly retires after damaging emails are released, and legal rights groups raise questions about the constitutionality of gang policing.

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This week’s FOIA roundup: taxpayers covered Trump’s bar tab, USA TODAY debuts police misconduct records database, and the D.C. Metro is sued over customer satisfaction survey records

This week’s FOIA roundup: taxpayers covered Trump’s bar tab, USA TODAY debuts police misconduct records database, and the D.C. Metro is sued over customer satisfaction survey records

In this week’s FOIA roundup, records reveal that taxpayers paid for a Mar-a-Lago liquor bill, USA TODAY starts a national police misconduct records database, and the D.C. Metro is sued over customer satisfaction survey records.

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New bill in California aims to tighten up animal research reporting at the state level

New bill in California aims to tighten up animal research reporting at the state level

According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, as many as 100 million animals are used in U.S. laboratories every year. In order to have a better understanding into these practices in California, Assemblymember Brian Maienschein introduced new legislation to provide added transparency into animal research reporting.

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Requester’s Voice: The Sovereign Bodies Institute’s Annita Lucchesi

Requester’s Voice: The Sovereign Bodies Institute’s Annita Lucchesi

Annita Lucchesi, a doctoral student and freelance cartographer, has filed extensive FOIA requests to create the first centralized database on missing and murdered indigenous women. Lucchesi shared her experiences navigating a system that refuses to keep track of this data.

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