FOIA


A Thank You to FOIA Officers: Purveyors of Sunshine

, Lead science and policy analyst

This sunshine week I would like to express my appreciation for all of the work that Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officers at federal agencies have done and continue to do to ensure public access to government communications, records, and documents. Read more >

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How Scientists are Responding to On the Media’s Reporting on Researcher Harassment

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

The prolific public radio show On The Media last week explored how open records laws are used to disrupt public interest research at public universities and examined the challenges of creating laws that allow for scrutiny while protecting free speech. The reporter, Alana Casanova-Burgess, treated the issue with the complexity it deserves, and in the days since, I’ve heard from several professors around the country by email and phone. Read more >

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Corporations and Activists are Exploiting Open Records Laws. California is Trying to Change That

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Corporations and activists from the left and the right are abusing open records laws to harass public university researchers. A growing body of analysis shows that these attacks are growing both in number and severity. Fortunately, some states have begun to clarify how these laws apply to university researchers, both through courts and state legislatures. Read more >

Cartoon: Brian Narelle/UCS
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Here are the “Transparency” Policy Documents the EPA Does Not Want You to See

, Former Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

On April 17th, the Union of Concerned Scientists obtained EPA records through three separate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests demonstrating that a proposed Trojan horse “transparency” policy that would restrict the agency’s ability to use the best available science in decision-making is driven by politics, not science. The records also embarrassingly showed EPA officials were more concerned about the release of industry trade secrets than they were about sensitive private medical information.

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How Congress Just Improved Transparency: FOIA Reform

, Former Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. But this year, it’s extra special. This July 4th marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Freedom of Information Act, also known as FOIA. The bedrock transparency law essentially allows citizens to know what their government is up to. This year, we will have even more reason to celebrate. Read more >

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