Tag Archives: USDA

Retreating on Affirmative Disclosure: The Case of APHIS’s Publicly-Available Enforcement Databases

by Bernard Bell — Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2019

Summary:  This post chronicles a story of enforcement failure, shaming remedies, and replacement of proactive disclosure with reactive disclosure.  In February 2017, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (“APHIS”) “took down” publicly-available databases and re-populated them with significant redactions.  The D.C. Circuit recently opined on APHIS’s action in PETA v. U.S. Department of Agriculture. […]

Oh SNAP!: The Battle Over “Food Stamp” Redemption Data That May Radically Reshape FOIA Exemption 4 (Part I)

by Bernard Bell — Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018

On August 29, the Supreme Court ordered recall of the mandate in an Eighth Circuit case, Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, 889 F.3d 914 (2018). It issued the Order, available here, in anticipation of a certiorari petition attacking the foundations of well-developed Circuit law defining the scope of Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) […]

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act: Another Cautionary Tale, by Lynn White

by Guest Blogger — Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama made healthy school lunches a signature part of her “Let’s Move” initiative to promote health and wellness and combat obesity among America’s youth. The First Lady and Administration championed the passage of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, which created several new Federal mandates for school lunch programs, including requiring schools […]