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A rare public records arrest, unauthorized human experimentation, and a bonus bonanza exposed by FOIA

A rare public records arrest, unauthorized human experimentation, and a bonus bonanza exposed by FOIA

This week, a number of stories that show how critical transparency is. One involves public safety issues, the other involves jail time. Plus, how public records request filed by public officials might help unwind a mysterious email campaign in Virginia.

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Using public documents to show the high cost of secrecy

Using public documents to show the high cost of secrecy

Whether you’re digging into state house harassment or what public employees get paid to quit their job, there’s some great examples to learn from reading the reporting out there. Here’s some of our favorites from this past week.

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To get some immigration-related records, FOIA is the only option

To get some immigration-related records, FOIA is the only option

The United States of America is the primary destination for more members of the global migrant population than any other country. To handle the constant influx of foreign individuals - both legally-authorized and otherwise - across the borders, the federal government relies on a handful of agencies to funnel foreign visitors and residents in and out of the country. The Freedom of Information Act and equivalent state laws can help to shed some light into how the immigration system on all levels is working - or not.

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Boo(6): Halloween costume ideas from FOIA

Boo(6): Halloween costume ideas from FOIA

Not sure what to go for this Halloween? MuckRock staff dug through their archives to find 13 of the spooookiest costumes the public domain has to offer.

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How journalists can get around FOIA's waiting game

How journalists can get around FOIA’s waiting game

Public records aficionados know they’re in for a waiting game - requests can take weeks or years to get a response. In a 24-hour news cycle, how are last week’s documents still relevant?

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not finding my locality listed in your option for FOIA request form.
FOIA request for Federal Grand Jury proceeding referenced in another FOIA
UPLOAD GOV DOCS