Engagement Project Shines Light on FOIA Failures

March 18, 2015 — Leave a comment

foiafailThe engagement initiative I jockeyed for the FOIA Project during Sunshine Week solicited nominations for the worst “FOIA Failure” from six prominent users of FOIA, including Charlie Savage of The New York Times and Jason Leopold of Vice News.

They selected cases where they sought records on everything from the final chapter of the CIA’s history of the Bay of Pigs, to more contemporary records on targeted drone strikes and secret government surveillance.

I then summarized their cases, linked to the supporting documentation in the FOIA Project’s database, invited the public to vote on the worst failure of them all, and pushed the project through a variety of social media channels.

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