Tag Archives: FOIA

Villanova Law Review Symposium: FOIA at 50

by Chris Walker — Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017@chris_j_walker

Looks like a fascinating law review symposium by the Villanova Law Review (from the law school’s website): The Villanova Law Review examines fifty years of operation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with its annual Norman J. Shachoy Symposium on October 20, 2017. The symposium features a group of distinguished FOIA and transparency scholars, governmental officials, […]

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Immigration Administrative Processing: FOIA Response from Department of State, by Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

by Guest Blogger — Monday, July 10, 2017

In April 2014, the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (on behalf of Maggio & Kattar) filed a FOIA request seeking information about the Department of State’s Administrative Processing Program. This same year, we researched and prepared a “Frequently Asked Questions” document that is available here. Administrative processing, also known as Security Advisory Opinion (SAO), is […]

ACUS and Proactive Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, by Dan Sheffner

by Guest Blogger — Friday, June 9, 2017

While much scholarly and public attention is paid to the Freedom of Information Act’s (FOIA) request-driven model of disclosure, less well known is the statute’s requirement that agencies publicly disclose certain government records without waiting for a request from the public.  Federal agencies must “make available for public inspection in an electronic format” specific types […]

Prosecutorial Discretion at ICE: My Latest FOIA Adventure, by Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia

by Guest Blogger — Friday, May 26, 2017

Prosecutorial discretion refers to the decision made by employees of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about whether and to what extent immigration laws should be exercised against a person or group of persons. When DHS chooses to not pursue arrest or detention of an undocumented mother living in the United States for many years […]

O’Connell on Kwoka on FOIA Commercialization (AdLaw Bridge Series)

by Chris Walker — Saturday, June 4, 2016@chris_j_walker

With several paper deadlines over the last two weeks (and next two weeks), the AdLaw Bridge Series has been a bit neglected.* But I wanted to quickly highlight a terrific article, which Jotwell has more fully reviewed. Last week over at Jotwell, Anne O’Connell reviewed FOIA, Inc. by Margaret Kwoka, which was published in the […]

No, Congress Didn’t Commit a Crime When It Shopped for Coverage

by Nicholas Bagley — Friday, Apr. 15, 2016

John Malcolm and Michael Cannon—yes, the Michael Cannon of King v. Burwell fame—have a new op-ed accusing members of Congress and/or their staffers of committing a federal crime. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that unnamed officials who administer benefits for Congress made clearly false statements when they originally applied to have […]

FOIA Is Broken: New Chaffetz House Oversight Committee Report

by Chris Walker — Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016@chris_j_walker

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is in the news this week, with a New York Times piece  that highlights Margaret Kwoka‘s terrific forthcoming Duke Law Journal article FOIA, Inc.— an article Ibriefly blogged  about last week. Now the  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Representative  Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), released a staff report on its investigation […]

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DHS Proposes Changes to the Freedom of Information Act, by Elisabeth Ulmer

by Guest Blogger — Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

On July 29, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) proposed a rule to amend its regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”). The DHS states that it would like “to update and streamline the language of several procedural provisions, and to incorporate changes brought about by the amendments to the FOIA under the […]