Army Times has this story on the Army's response to the story first published in the New York Times that it attempted to interfere with a story about concussions and put a spin on the results of a study. I'm quoted in the article.
The New York Times has this story on the Army's Surgeon General becoming involved with the FOIA process on a request it made for concussion data. The Times reports that the Surgeon General urged delaying the FOIA release so that she could get alternative material out to other journalists for better stories on the issue.
Cecil Andrus, a former Governor of Idaho and Secretary of the Interior has sued the Department of Energy over its failure to release all relevant documents in a FOIA request he made pertaining to commercial spent nuclear fuel sent to a lab located in Idaho. More can be found here.
The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) has released its first FOIA program review - that of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Fierce Content Management has this on the review with a link to the actual review. More agency reviews are will be released in the near future.
Its an interesting review and points out problems that FEMA has both internally in its FOIA Office and within the agency itself. It helps the FOIA Office to have someone look at it with another set of eyes and it allows the requester community to see the actual workings of the FOIA Office. I strongly recommend the read.
Courthouse News Service has this article on a class action FOIA suit against Customs and Border Protection brought by immigration attorneys over the agency's FOIA backlog. The Court recently denied the government's motion to dismiss before filing an answer.
The Washington Examiner reports on statements made by a top State Department Agency FOIA Official who was giving out advice on keeping information out of public view. The Official, Margaret Grafeld, is a long time bureaucrat and is not a politically appointed official - she has been in a top position in the records and FOIA offices at State during a number of presidential administrations of both parties.
The statements show that the State Department, for a long time, has failed to understand that the FOIA is a disclosure statute and that records, unless they are specifically exempt by the FOIA or another statute, belong to the public. This failure to understand that governing is the public's business is the real problem at the State Department, not what a specific Secretary did and I hope more light will be shined on this issue in the coming months.
The Washington Post has this on Ambassador Janice Jacobs has been given the responsibility of managing the State Department's FOIA backlog. What the article misses is that the Ambassador has absolutely no FOIA experience and will have to deal with long standing FOIA problems.
Media Matters has this detailed analysis of the Clinton' email story and the media's reporting on a referral to the Department of Justice over the summer. There is a great deal of discussion about classification processes and some tangents to the FOIA. It's an interesting read.