Tag: FOIA

Should Federal Employees’ Bonuses and Pensions be Provided to the Public?

By on May 14, 2019 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Should Federal Employees’ Bonuses and Pensions be Provided to the Public?

One Congressman wants to make federal employees’ bonuses and pensions publicly available.

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Good Faith or Bad?

By on December 10, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Good Faith or Bad?

A federal judge questions whether the Departments of State and Justice acted in bad faith in handling records requests for Hillary Clinton’s emails as Secretary of State.

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Appeals Court Slaps Down Secret Service For Playing Games in Responding to FOIA Responses

By on September 18, 2018 in Court Cases with 0 Comments
Appeals Court Slaps Down Secret Service For Playing Games in Responding to FOIA Responses

The appeals court has said “enough” with the tactics followed by Secret Service in failing to follow FOIA requirements.

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Lawmakers Want to Know Why OPM is Suddenly Withholding Federal Employee Salary Data

By on March 11, 2018 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Lawmakers Want to Know Why OPM is Suddenly Withholding Federal Employee Salary Data

OPM has increasingly been blocking the release of substantial amounts of federal employee salary data. Some lawmakers want to know why.

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Legislation Would Make Retired Federal Employee Pensions Public Information

By on July 15, 2017 in Pay & Benefits with 0 Comments
Legislation Would Make Retired Federal Employee Pensions Public Information

Legislation introduced in the House would make retired federal employees’ pensions public information.

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EPA Investigating Employee Covert Activity

By on March 24, 2017 in Agency News with 0 Comments
EPA Investigating Employee Covert Activity

The EPA has law enforcement files open on use of messaging software reportedly used by federal employees to avoid detection.

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House Committee Wants to Know if Federal Employees Are Skirting FOIA Laws

By on March 9, 2017 in Agency News, Human Resources with 0 Comments
House Committee Wants to Know if Federal Employees Are Skirting FOIA Laws

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sent a letter to numerous agencies seeking information on employees who are using methods of communication outside of normal government channels.

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D.C. Circuit Disagrees with DOJ Handling of FOIA Request

By on November 2, 2016 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

Here is yet another case in which a court has taken issue with an agency’s withholding of information in response to a FOIA request. This time it’s the Department of Justice—the agency responsible for “overseeing” how the government is handling its disclosure obligations.

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She Fought the Law and She Won

By on August 11, 2016 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

A PhD candidate at University of Virginia fought back when the Defense Department ruled she did not qualify for the education reduced fee exemption under the FOIA and therefore would have to pay the full $900 due in fees for the agency’s efforts. She won at the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She not only gets the reduced fee, her case sets a precedent that should affect how all agencies handle FOIA requests from students in the future.

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When Private Emails Are Official Government Records

By on August 9, 2016 in Court Cases with 0 Comments

A Federal appeals court has ruled that an agency head’s email records that are stored on a private, non-government server are nevertheless official agency records reachable by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

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