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