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Under Trump’s first 100 Days, FOIA a little slower while open data takes a hit

Since President Donald Trump took office, slow Freedom of Information Act processes have become even slower — although it is tough to determine what, if anything, that means.

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A timeline of the National Park Service’s Twitter shutdown

At some point on inauguration day, the National Park Service’s main account retweeted two controversial tweets, leading cries of NPS going “rogue” and pushing back against Trump’s presidency. Recently released emails show those within the Department of the Interior were actually scrambling to find out who had posted to the account, and dealing with reporters asking about the apparent shutdown of all NPS Twitter accounts.

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Stories FOIA told this week repealed but not replaced

Stories FOIA told this week has a last minute change of plans, but still coming through with your weekly round up of great stories FOIA and public records helped tell this week — plus news about changes (or potential changes) in state laws.

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In “unprecedented” move, the Office of Government Ethics couldn’t get in touch with Trump transition team after election

In what Walter Schaub, Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics calls “unprecedented,” released emails show the Trump transition team neglected to work with OGE prior to announcing cabinet picks.

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As governor, Trump’s Energy secretary pick tried to harness the power of prayer

In the face of crisis, with more than 8,000 wildfires engulfing over 1.8 million acres of land and no significant rainfall for almost three months, then Texas Governor Rick Perry came upon an idea: prayer.

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