NFOIC’s FOI Friday for December 2 2011

A few items selected from many of interest recently.

Cyber security bill promotes sharing of threat data

Legislation introduced in the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday is designed to knock down the barriers that interfere with the federal government and the private sector sharing critical information about cybersecurity threats.

Visit CNN:Security Clearance for the rest.

Emails between Ethics Office and Former Regulator Cast Light on Revolving Door Spin

In Washington, the revolving door is practically a fact of life. Federal employees routinely leave their posts for better-paying positions in the private sector–often in the very same industry they used to regulate. But Michael Bromwich, the head of the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) interim gas, oil, and minerals drilling agency, told reporters this week that he won't take this route.

Visit Project On Government Oversight for the rest.

NICE wishes you a cost effective Christmas

NICE has disclosed information about its use of corporate credit cards following a request made under the Freedom of Information Act. The Institute has responded by making records of employees’ use of credit cards available in full – but the accounts have failed to uncover any obviously inappropriate spending.

Visit InPharm for the rest.

BARR is back: Privacy rights restored

Pilots can again protect private data about their aircraft’s movements from being publicly released, the FAA announced Dec. 2, responding to provisions of a recent law. Congress had effectively restored the Block Aircraft Registration Request program by overwhelming vote in November, in a Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development appropriations bill.

Visit AOPA Online for the rest.

SPLC, student journalist resolve public records dispute with Kan. community college

A college journalist and the Student Press Law Center have settled their lawsuit with Johnson County Community College stemming from the school’s $24,000 price tag for documents under an open records request.

Visit SPLC for the rest.

How open data has changed journalism

Tomorrow (Saturday 3 December) is International Open Data Day. has been asking what the open data movement has done for journalism.

Visit for the rest.

Senate adopts Leahy transparency amendment to defense bill

The U.S. Senate Thursday adopted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to limit an overbroad legislative exemption to the Freedom of Information Act. The amendment was adopted unanimously. The Senate will vote on final passage of the NDAA later this evening.

Visit for the rest.