new york times
The Virginia Department of Corrections came under national scrutiny in September when visitors learned they would not be allowed to wear tampons or menstrual cups, citing them as an apparent contraband risk. A FOIA request for a more thorough explanation of the tampon ban - through policy documents and a log of contraband incidents alluded to in the Times - revealed a two-month wait of rejection, denial and, finally, the single-page document behind the ban.
This week’s round-up: FEMA’s “floating hotel,” Michigan State University flooded with Larry Nassar requests, and a rare “reverse FOIA”
Records released this week through FOIA requests show the Federal Emergency Management Agency paid millions for a ‘half-empty floating hotel’ last hurricane season. Plus, Michigan State University struggles to keep up with records requests about Larry Nassar, Humana’s “reverse FOIA,” and an exciting job opportunity with the New York Times, all in this week’s round-up.
This week, see how FOIA has helped open a secretive EPA, what you helped uncover in Rumsfeld’s memos, and which agencies made the worst of the worst - plus how you can win free MuckRock requests and swag!
Requests help bring transparency to travel woes, public data wants to be free, and other transparency news
We were not the only ones Santa dropped off TSA-related security with: A request from Charlie Savage shows complaints about the Department of Homeland Security’s border searches. Plus digging into data shows just how ubiquitous “drug-free school zones” can be.