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What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Troy Thibodeaux

What you missed from our FOIA Slack Chat with Troy Thibodeaux

Troy Thibodeaux, the Associated Press’ data desk editor, joined us on MuckRock’s Slack channel to talk about how to get and use data.

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Browse through a recent shipment sent to the International Space Station

Browse through a recent shipment sent to the International Space Station

Last November, Orbital ATK sent a 7,400 pound shipment of supplies up to the International Space Station. For the crew, it meant fresh clothes, new food, and new tools to continue on their research. After a FOIA request, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration provided an inventory of everything that went up, which provides a fun look into mix of high tech and mundane that keeps the astronauts going.

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Miami Police releases a single row of a nearly 100 page spreadsheet

Miami Police releases a single row of a nearly 100 page spreadsheet

A few weeks back, I filed with the ten largest police departments in the country for a list of all sexual harassment complaints or lawsuits from the past five years. The Miami Police Department was among the first to complete the request, releasing a single closed case from 2016. While that in itself is notable, what really stood out was they manner in which they released this information: a 96-page spreadsheet that was completely redacted other than the row containing what I asked for.

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From 1982 to 2016, FEMA paid $66 million in federal flood insurance payments to government entities

From 1982 to 2016, FEMA paid $66 million in federal flood insurance payments to government entities

A spreadsheet released to Brian Sparks shows that since 1982, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has paid out a little over $66 million in federal flood insurance to government entities. That’s about a third of the cost of a single MQ-9 Reaper drone.

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