Category Archives: FOIA

Three bright ideas, and one bad call, on open records

Three bright ideas 1. With Kickstarter Funding, FOIA Machine Wants to Help Fix Public Records FOIA Machine, a platform that aims to streamline the process of tracking of filing and tracking public record requests, has raised more than $29,000 on Kickstarter … Continue reading

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Report: Angel Food Ministries’ fraud case held up by mountainous paperwork

A Georgia newspaper reports that the federal government’s case against the leaders of Angel Food Ministries, a nonprofit that used to operate several sites in York County, has been delayed because of massive amounts of paperwork.

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Transparency Outsourced as U.S. Hires Vendors for Disclosure Aid

An open government update brought to you by Record Tracker via Evernote. Story from blooomberg.com reports that since President Obama took office, “spending on FOIA-related contracts has jumped about 40 percent, leaving transparency advocates wondering who’s making the decisions on … Continue reading

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York County, state, federal open records: A starter kit of resources

I’m getting ready to spend some time at the York Fair to talk about open records, and in preparation, I put together a starter kit of public records resources on the bookmarking service Evernote.

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Penn State’s crime stats available online

The U.S. Department of Education says it will investigate whether Penn  State broke federal laws by not reporting to law enforcement allegations of child sex abuse against a former assistant football coach. “Under the Clery Act, colleges and universities are … Continue reading

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Congressman says Homeland Security plays politics with FOIA requests

 @SunshineReview asked in its #foiachat today if anyone had any thoughts on Rep. Darrell Issa’s charge that the Department of Homeland Security was running some Freedom of Information Act requests through political appointees. The California Republican invoked another California Republican when … Continue reading

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Report says political appointees vetted some FOIA requests

The federal Department of Homeland Security ran some Freedom of Information Act requests by political appointees for scrutiny and “awareness purposes,” the Associated Press is reporting. The AP says the homeland security department stopped doing that when it became aware … Continue reading

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FBI releases files on former Pa. congressman Murtha

A Pittsburgh-area TV station is reporting that FBI documents on former Rep. John Murtha detail threats against him, as well as documents related to a corruption investigation that involved Murtha, who died earlier this year. The files include a 43-page … Continue reading

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YDR investigation of nonprofit honored as national award finalist

Investigative Reporters and Editors yesterday named YDR staffer Melissa Nann Burke’s investigation into the finances of Angel Food Ministries as a national finalist in its 2009 awards competition. Melissa’s reporting revealed how AFM’s founding family paid itself $2.5 million in … Continue reading

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Yes, but fork over $111,930 for those records

A research group recently received an answer for its 2006 records request. Yes, you can have the records. If you pay nearly $112,000. This is how the requester responded to that price tag: “Your letter provides no information why 861 … Continue reading

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