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Deny, delay, release: Virginia DOC finally issues tampon ban memo

Deny, delay, release: Virginia DOC finally issues tampon ban memo

The Virginia Department of Corrections came under national scrutiny in September when visitors learned they would not be allowed to wear tampons or menstrual cups, citing them as an apparent contraband risk. A FOIA request for a more thorough explanation of the tampon ban - through policy documents and a log of contraband incidents alluded to in the Times - revealed a two-month wait of rejection, denial and, finally, the single-page document behind the ban.

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Slack Chats: Where do you find your FOIA filing inspiration?

Slack Chats: Where do you find your FOIA filing inspiration?

Each week, we host a conversation that addresses topics and answer any general questions important to FOIA users. Last week’s topic was about where and how to find inspiration for filing creative public records requests.

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New Jersey agencies continue to reject request for log of records requests

New Jersey agencies continue to reject request for log of records requests

Three state-level agencies in New Jersey have now refused to disclose their logs of public records requests received in 2013. MuckRock is continuing to press for release of these routine records.

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Selective Service System can't access its FOIA database

Selective Service System can’t access its FOIA database

The government agency tasked with maintaining the database of the millions of men eligible for the military draft can’t access the logs of its few dozen FOIA requests.

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NSA inundated by FOIA requests after Snowden leaks

NSA inundated by FOIA requests after Snowden leaks

An internal email released to MuckRock shows just many citizens have turned to FOIA after learning of government data collection programs. Thousands of requests have flooded into the NSA FOIA office since June, far exceeding average totals.

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