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Revolving-door riches: How Obama-Biden officials cashed in during the Trump years

Revolving-door riches: How Obama-Biden officials cashed in during the Trump years

How lucrative is the swamp? A first-of-its-kind analysis shows 77 officials who served under Obama and Biden boosted their assets by an estimated 270% from 2017 to 2021.

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This week's FOIA Roundup: Washington Supreme Court weighs in on birthdays, U.S. Senators file a FOIA, and annual FOIA Awards

This week’s FOIA Roundup: Washington Supreme Court weighs in on birthdays, U.S. Senators file a FOIA, and annual FOIA Awards

Read a great FOIA-based news story we should highlight? Let us know.

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Five cities, five different approaches to algorithms in government

Five cities, five different approaches to algorithms in government

We looked at five cities and the steps and policies that are bringing new technology to city hall.

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This week’s FOIA round-up: ICE uses driver license databases to target immigrants, a Navy admiral abruptly steps down amid email scandal, and activists push back against police gang databases

This week’s FOIA round-up: ICE uses driver license databases to target immigrants, a Navy admiral abruptly steps down amid email scandal, and activists push back against police gang databases

In this week’s FOIA round-up, records show federal law enforcement officials combine facial recognition software with drivers liscened databases to track undocumented immigrants, an admiral slated to become the next U.S. Navy chief abruptly retires after damaging emails are released, and legal rights groups raise questions about the constitutionality of gang policing.

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Requesters Voice: The University of Arizona School of Journalism’s David Cuillier

Requesters Voice: The University of Arizona School of Journalism’s David Cuillier

David Cuillier is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at The University of Arizona. He specializes in public records reporting and co-wrote the book, The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records, the second edition of which is being released this month. The book teaches journalists and involved citizens how to gain access to public records, which he says is an art that requires understanding of the system and human behavior. For this week’s Requester’s Voice, Cuillier spoke to MuckRock about his book and the study he worked on this past year.

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