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UPDATED: The CIA's secret public email address

UPDATED: The CIA’s secret public email address

The CIA’s FOIA office has for years relied on a single fax machine, prompting jokes and criticism regarding the otherwise cutting-edge CIA insistence on the ‘80s technology instead of email. So why, in 2016, when the CIA finally implemented an email account for FOIA for requesters to use, wasn’t there greater fanfare? Because the CIA never told requesters about it.

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Stories FOIA told this week will see you in court

Stories FOIA told this week will see you in court

Our weekly series looking at the stories public records made possible, coming soon to a fax machine near you.

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The FBI's FOIA portal restricts rights of requesters

The FBI’s FOIA portal restricts rights of requesters

Yesterday, when Emma Best broke the news that the FBI would be shutting down its FOIA email address and directing all online submissions through its online portal, a few people sensibly asked just how bad that portal could be. We’re here to tell you how bad.

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CIA wants records requesters to print out and mail obituaries of famous people

CIA wants records requesters to print out and mail obituaries of famous people

Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros Boutros-Ghali died earlier this year at the age of 93. Nobody seems to have told the CIA.

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Kim Davis is “old school” about public records requests

Kim Davis is “old school” about public records requests

Kim Davis has deeply held beliefs on handing over her emails. Where Kentucky law commands officials to provide documents in digital format, the county clerk says she’s “old school on this email stuff” and insists on printing them out, at considerable cost and delay.

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