Earlier, we put out the call for help diving through the many pages of Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle’s call records. Angelle gave out his cellphone number to a conference of oil and gas industry executives - an industry he is tasked with overseeing - so we were curious to see who was calling. Here are the results.
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director Scott Angelle was caught on tape giving out his cell phone number to skirt public records laws. But thanks to FOIA, we now we have the call logs, and with your help we can find out who the supposed oil industry watchdog was in contact with.
MuckRock asked Russ Kick, the investigative archivist behind the Memory Hole and AltGov, to offer his thoughts on the Department of the Interior’s proposed changes to how it would handle FOIA requests - and what we can do to push back against it.
The new year is in full-swing, and public records advocates are getting ready for another year of FOIA and state records law fun. The end of the year usually marks an eventful time full of joy, rest, and relaxation. Yet some jurisdictions decided to make some changes at the eleventh hour, both for the better and the worse. But don’t worry, we compiled a list of FOIA related changes that happened over the holidays so you don’t miss a thing.