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Booz Allen Hamilton and the “trade secrets” FOIA exemption

From MuckRock: MuckRock is in the middle a massive project looking into Edward Snowden’s former employer, mega-contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. After reviewing some redactions from responsive contracts received from the FCC, MuckRock’s Michael Morisy was curious about the consultation process on exemption 4 (trade secrets) redactions. So he filed another FOIA for processing notes and emails.

The back-and-forth between the FCC and Booz Allen Hamilton is both instructive and potentially redemptive of the FCC. Their lawyers give Booz Allen Hamilton legal considerable deference and a generous amount of time to review responsive records, but ultimately release the documents as required even without their final go-ahead since Booz Allen Hamilton took too long to respond.

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