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Richmond, Virginia’s public housing agency holds comment period on plans it already approved, holds hearing to empty room

Richmond, Virginia’s public housing agency holds comment period on plans it already approved, holds hearing to empty room

Richmond, Virginia’s public housing agency is working to demolish public housing while excluding the public from any input in the process.

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FBI can neither confirm nor deny investigations into darknet markets that it confirmed are ongoing

FBI can neither confirm nor deny investigations into darknet markets that it confirmed are ongoing

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has responded to dozens of FOIA requests regarding darknet markets (and one request for files on Cryptocomb) by refusing to confirm or deny the existence of records mentioning them. To support this denial, the Bureau cited FOIA exemption b(7)a, which covers “ongoing proceedings.” In doing so, the Bureau seemed to violate its own GLOMAR response by citing the existence of proceedings it refuses to acknowledge exist.

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Kentucky state records requesters should submit requests the old-fashioned way

Kentucky state records requesters should submit requests the old-fashioned way

In today’s digital era, streamlining public records request should be a breeze. Yet, states like Kentucky are still imposing laws that favor requesters who send in their request the old-fashioned way.

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FBI and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad FOIA Redaction

FBI and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad FOIA Redaction

While the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s track record with FOIA has never been good, it’s hard not to argue that it has recently gotten exponentially worse. In just the last few years, the Bureau has thrown out thousands of FOIA requests because there were too “burdensome,” investigated FOIA requesters, redacted the names of fictional characters and engaged in questionable fees practices. However, just last month, the FBI hit a new low and declared that - contrary to all statute and case law - the dead have an expectation of privacy.

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What’s with Ajit Pai’s Reese’s mug? FCC resorts to high fees and invasive questions to avoid telling

What’s with Ajit Pai’s Reese’s mug? FCC resorts to high fees and invasive questions to avoid telling

After several stories about the Federal Communications Commission abusing FOIA exemptions to avoid releasing embarrassing emails, the agency appears to have switched tactics, demanding a requester provide personal information not required under the law and charging hundreds in search fees.

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