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Thank you for 20,000 completed public records requests!

Thank you for 20,000 completed public records requests!

When we first started MuckRock, it was an experiment in building a better way to file, track, and share public records requests. Almost a decade later, we now have 20,000 completed requests to prove transparency still works.

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What does a good FOIA acknowledgement letter look like? Let us know!

What does a good FOIA acknowledgement letter look like? Let us know!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been doing some one-on-one user testing to better understand what is most helpful for requesters when receiving an acknowledgement letter. Alongside those individual tests, we wanted broader feedback, including from both experienced and novice requesters. Help out by answering a few questions about a mix of federal and local acknowledgement letters.

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It’s FOIA-nally here: the winner of FOIA March Madness 2019

It’s FOIA-nally here: the winner of FOIA March Madness 2019

In the only faceoff known to the field of FOIA, we pit 64 federal Freedom of Information Act offices against each other to win the ultimate prize in competitive records requesting, that most lofty label: Most Responsive Agency.

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FOIA March Madness 2019: The #FOInalFOUR

FOIA March Madness 2019: The #FOInalFOUR

For more than a month, we’ve been watching our 64 federal agencies battle to #releasetherecords on their FOIA office employee counts, funding numbers, and the frequency with which they impose fees upon the various categories of records requester.

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FOIA March Madness 2019: Bracket Finals

FOIA March Madness 2019: Bracket Finals

It’s a big week for FOIA March Madness: We’ve passed the 20-day deadline, and it’s time to declare our first batch of winners.

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