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April 18, 2008 – 1,364 views
Charles Davis
The Sunshine in Government Initiative is today releasing recommendations for developing the independent Office of Government Information Services with in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Created by Congress last year, the Office serves as an independent mediator and analyst into problems the federal government has fulfilling requests for public records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). SGI is recommending that in tight budget times, a small scale OGIS should begin immediately and be built out as resources and experience permit. Full Story 
March 18, 2008 – 1,043 views
Charles Davis
Here is a great story from my pal Kirsten Mitchell on an often overlooked issue: the many statutes that work like mini-exemptions in federal law. This is a story that ought to be replicated over and over in state after state! Government information as wide-ranging as the names of people who grow watermelons or olives, information on tax returns, and the location of endangered plants and large caves is shielded from Americans under at least 140 provisions scattered throughout federal law. Full Story 
March 13, 2008 – 1,050 views
Charles Davis
Several federal agencies are running more than 15 years late on public record requests sent under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) when the first President Bush was still in office. The Energy Department has the tardiest public record request, according to a review by The Hill of annual FOIA reports published by Cabinet-level agencies for the last fiscal year. It still has not answered one request from Dec. 6, 1991, although other departments are not far behind. Full Story 
February 25, 2008 – 1,390 views
Charles Davis
This amazing sequence on Capitol Hill yesterday is a vivid demonstration of just how reflexive secrecy is, and how little we as citizens know about what goes on in our names... The head of the EPA stood firm Thursday against a chorus of congressional criticism over his refusal to allow California and more than a dozen other states to impose greenhouse gas reductions on cars and trucks. "I am bound by the criteria in the Clean Air Act, not people's opinions," EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson testified to the Senate's environmental panel. It was his first congressional appearance since issuing the controversial waiver denial last month. Full Story 
February 25, 2008 – 1,311 views
Terry Francke
The New York Times provides the most thorough early account of a federal judge in San Francisco recently ordering the disabling of a website devoted to disclosing leaked confidential documents, "in a move that legal experts said could present a major test of First Amendment rights in the Internet era."  The best recent report on what information a Swiss bank wanted kept secret and who's behind Wikileaks has been done by The Guardian  in England, where the website is based. For technical reasons the judge's order did not and could not entirely block access to Wikileaks.  But the fact that the judge tried to do just that, and believed he had the authority to do so is astonishing, given that the very first case in the United States Supreme Court invoking the First Amendment as protection for the press and declaring the constitution's repugnance for prior restraint involved-at least for its day-a very similar annihilating spirit. Full Story 
February 22, 2008 – 1,337 views
Charles Davis
Jacksonville State University has refused a newspaper's request for athletic-department records less than a year after the state attorney general's office said a request for copies of coaches' contracts should be granted. The Anniston Star has been seeking the results of the school's athletic department drug-testing program since April 2007 to review its effectiveness. But the university has denied the request each time, saying it would compromise the identity of student-athletes who tested positive. Full Story 
February 20, 2008 – 1,243 views
Charles Davis
Look for more of this sort of thing as water becomes more precious: Officials from Alabama, Florida and Georgia signed a confidentiality agreement in January that includes two private utilities and prohibits the parties from disclosing to the public details of the ongoing negotiations over water rights in the region. A Florida seafood industry group says the secrecy deal, which also includes the federal government, is illegal and is asking the state's open government commission to throw it out. Full Story 
February 8, 2008 – 1,206 views
Charles Davis
A federal magistrate ordered the White House on Tuesday to reveal whether copies of possibly millions of missing e-mails are stored on computer backup tapes. The order by U.S. Magistrate Judge John Facciola comes amid an effort by the White House to scuttle two lawsuits that could force the Executive Office of the President to recover any e-mail that has disappeared from computer servers where electronic documents are automatically archived. Two federal laws require the White House to preserve all records including e-mail. Full Story