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How to get a faster FOIA response

How to get a faster FOIA response

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of giving a talk with the Educational Writers Association on how to speed up slow Freedom of Information Act requests. Here are tips I’ve seen work over the years, plus a chance to share your secrets - and maybe win some free MuckRock requests.

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FOIAing the Trump Administration: After a year, aspects of Trump appointees’ ethics agreements begin to expire

FOIAing the Trump Administration: After a year, aspects of Trump appointees’ ethics agreements begin to expire

Trump has been in office for one year, which means some of his earliest appointees will soon be free of certain promises in their ethics agreements. This week, we take a look at how you can investigate Trump appointees’ ethical obligations using public records.

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Don't FOIA Trump's White House

Don’t FOIA Trump’s White House

One thing we get asked about a lot is if it’s possible to FOIA for XYZ thing that President Donald J. Trump was reported to have done or said. In the overwhelming majority of cases, the answer is no, for reasons we’ll outline today.

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Rules governing the release of autopsy reports vary state-to-state

Rules governing the release of autopsy reports vary state-to-state

For the legal world of the living considers, the deceased generally lack a right to privacy, their government records suddenly subject to disclosure. But in each state, laws limit what can be released to whom.

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FOIAing the Trump Administration: the danger of assuming bad faith

FOIAing the Trump Administration: the danger of assuming bad faith

FOIA works best when everyone assumes that requests are made in good faith, as a means for journalists, activists and average citizens alike to contribute in a meaningful way to oversight of the their government. This week, we take a look at a few stories that undermine that assumption of good faith, both among government officials and in the public eye.

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Is there a good FBI FOIA request sample letter?