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IRS achieves a new milestone in FOIA denial: the password-protected Glomar

Two years ago, we wrote about the IRS giving us one of our most infamous FOIA responses - an encrypted CD full of entirely redacted documents. Now, just a couple days before Tax Day, the agency does it again, reaching new heights of frustration with our first password-protected Glomar rejection.

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The Senate’s final report on Iran-Contra showed extent to which the investigation had been stonewalled

While some of the inherent problems in the Tower Commission, such as Senator Tower’s conflict of interest and family ties to CIA, have been documented, the fact is that none of the government’s investigations into the matter were able to proceed without obstruction. The final report on Iran-Contra, which has rarely been seen but was found in the CREST archive, makes this explicitly clear.

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A guide to public records and the Trump Presidential Transition

Now that Donald Trump is President Elect of the United States, a whole new world of FOIA possibilities begins to open up. Here’s your guide on what you can request from the upcoming administration.

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The oldest computer in use by the federal government has been found

A recently released Government Accountability Office report solved the mystery of the government’s oldest computer, which surprisingly enough, isn’t a technically a computer in the conventional sense. Even more surprisingly, The Simpsons accurately predicted the winner back in 1998.

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The 2016 Tax Day anger read: IRS FOIA rejections

An annual tradition here at MuckRock, it’s time for the ‪Tax Day‬ Anger Read - because there’s nothing like some righteous indignation to help cure that audit anxiety. Today, we’re looking at the broader issue of ‪IRS‬ ‪FOIA‬ rejections, and the sense one gets that you’re dealing with an agency that really doesn’t want you to know what it’s doing.

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