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FOIA FAQ: How to explore MuckRock’s public archive of FOIA requests and releases

FOIA FAQ: How to explore MuckRock’s public archive of FOIA requests and releases

Over the last nine years, MuckRock users have filed over 60,000 public records requests at the local, state, and federal levels, resulting in the release of four million pages of government records. Today, we’re going to look at how you can use the Requests page to explore the archives, and even build off the great FOIA work of others.

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A guide to the FOIA exemptions in the newly-released version of the Mueller Report

A guide to the FOIA exemptions in the newly-released version of the Mueller Report

Yesterday, in response to FOIA lawsuits by BuzzFeed News and the Electronic Privacy and Information Center, the Justice Department released a new version of the Mueller Report, replacing the much-mocked ersatz exemption categories with actual FOIA exemptions. Here’s what those exemptions are, and what they mean.

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Five lessons from "FOIA Strategies and Tactics"

Five lessons from “FOIA Strategies and Tactics”

Last weekend, an anonymously-attributed presentation entitled “FOIA Strategies and Tactics” started making the rounds in the #OpenGov community, offering something for beginners, veterans, and fans of vintage Tex Avery alike. While the whole thing’s worth a read, today we wanted to focus on the five points brought up in the presentation’s conclusion, as they address some often-overlooked elements of the whole FOIA process.

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Participate in a MuckRock Assignment and support journalists nationwide

Participate in a MuckRock Assignment and support journalists nationwide

Whether you’ve had a bad records experience, care about violence against women, or want to sift through some government materials yourself, there are free, simple ways you can support MuckRock’s mission to increase government accountability.

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What is an FBI background check?

What is an FBI background check?

Last week, President Donald Trump ordered the Federal Bureau of Investigation to perform a renewed background check into Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Pulling from what we’ve seen over the years from other FBI files, here’s some context on what that means.

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