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CIA proposed using its declassified records as “an alternative fuel source”

During his Presidency, Jimmy Carter made a number of moves to nudge the federal government towards environmental friendly practices. One of these was a request that all executive agencies and departments begin recycling paper in accordance with EPA guidelines. For the CIA, and presumably other intelligence agencies, this posed some unexpected problems - as well as a valuable opportunity.

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FOIA March Madness 2017: Round Two Begins

MuckRock’s bracket-style March Madness race to fill a FOIA the fastest kicked off last week. Can USDA hold onto their title? Did the Highway Administration outpace Amtrak? Is ICE or BOP less bad? Find out now with a look at who advanced from Round One.

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The GSA has the perfect gift for the holiday season: a new-to-you lighthouse!

Wrapping up your holiday shopping? Lighthouses, those beaming beacons of comfort on America’s shores, are just one of the fine properties that may be acquired via the General Services Administration.

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Join us on the hunt for the government’s oldest computer

As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If a machine is doing its job, reliably and without error, then common sense dictates that you just shouldn’t mess with it. This is doubly true for computers and quadruply true for government computers. This lends itself to an obvious question: what’s the government computer most in need of an upgrade?

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404 Democracy not found: Terminated .gov domain names

Back in December, MuckRock user Dean Triplett put in a request for all of the terminated .gov domains within the last ten years. Last week, the request came in, bringing with it a GeoCities-worthy cache of web 1.0. Warning: egregious use of frames and comic sans ahead.

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