New York City has battled it out among the other 19 finalist cities for #AmazonHQ2, with Governor Andrew Cuomo saying he’s done “everything he can” to win. But the details of that “everything” is being kept from the public.
One question we get asked a lot here at MuckRock is what to do in situations where an agency claims it has no responsive records when the requester knows the records exist. It comes up with frustrating frequency, we’ve found that the root cause is often one of the five following factors.
Since launching our project to hunt down every proposal Amazon received for its second headquarters, we’ve found that a number of cities were more than happy to share what they’re offering to lure in the tech giant. A growing number, however, aren’t so keen and are keeping their bids hidden in a shroud of exemptions. Here’s a look at which cities rejected our request and why.
As a little experiment in transparency, MuckRock set out to file for pet licensing data for the most populous city in each state. The response from Jacksonville, Florida will have you wondering whether or not the state statutes are really protecting their citizen’s privacy, or - the more logical conclusion - serving the whims of their cat overlords.
Customs and Border Protection has a well-earned reputation for being one of the hardest agencies to get records out of. But with their recent rejections of Curtis Waltman’s FOIA requests for contracts, they’ve crossed the line from frustration into absurdity.