A current, completely avoidable squabble arose this week over how the Justice Department should word responses that could reveal the existence of an investigation. This dispute again shows the FOIA needs more attention and forceful leadership to resolve persistent problems and make the FOIA process work better. Here’s the current quandary: How should the Justice Department respond to FOIA requests without tipping off suspects who are targets of secret criminal investigations? Individuals or private entities trying to confirm whether they are subject to an investigation turn to FOIA as a convenient tool. They file requests for documents hoping the government’s response [More]
The Minerals Management Service (MMS) has been overwhelmed with requests for information about the Gulf oil spill and is responding by eliminating fees, expediting requests, and posting responses on its website, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) noted on June 22.