As part of its work in compiling recommendations for the improvement of the federal Freedom of Information Act, the federal FOIA Advisory Committee has created a survey with a few simple questions for FOIA requesters.
After nine years and over 60,000 requests, MuckRock has been witness to some pretty impressive efforts to keep public information from the public. In the spirit of Sunshine Week, we’ve compiled some of the weirdest, wildest, and downright hilarious rejections we’ve received.
When we first requested the 132,000 page Federal Bureau of Investigation file for activist Frank Wilkinson, the FBI first claimed they couldn’t find it, then directed us to the National Archives and Records Administration. But when NARA tracked down the file, it turned out to be empty. So where is it?
Robert Hammond sent this request to the Department of Justice - FOIA/PA Mail Referral Unit of the United States of America