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Survey of health journalists finds roadblocks to information at federal agencies

The first survey to focus on the newsgathering experiences of health care journalists has found that the federal government often blocks access to information, supporting assertions that the Obama administration has failed to keep its promise of transparency.

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FEDERAL AGENCIES: Behind the scenes, regulators try to shape FOIA bill

New documents shed light on a quiet campaign by federal agencies to shape legislation that would strengthen the Freedom of Information Act.

Emails between staff for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and congressional aides, obtained by Greenwire under FOIA, show financial regulators' heightened interest in and attempts to change S. 337 and H.R. 653, two bills moving on Capitol Hill that would reform the public records law.  Continue>>>

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ACLU suit: agencies unlawfully opaque

Three Southern California civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit Tuesday against two federal agencies, the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection, claiming they are wrongly withholding information that should be publicly available.

They are requesting information about a Border Patrol practice known as roving patrols, in which agents conduct searches of people and vehicles away from the border and away from checkpoints in the country’s interior.

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OpenText receives latest Records Management DOD 5015.2 certifications

OpenText (NASDAQ: OTEX, TSX: OTC), a global leader in enterprise information management (EIM), today announced OpenText Records Management has obtained DOD 5015.2-Chapter 4 Freedom of Information and Privacy Act (FOIA/PA) Certification, a global benchmark for US federal agencies, and de facto standard for public and private sector organisations worldwide.

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LEAHY & CORNYN PRESS FOR CIA TO RETAIN EMAIL RECORDS

Responding to reports that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is seeking to adopt a new email retention policy that would allow the agency to purge thousands of emails from nearly all of its employees, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) are urging the archivist of the United States to reject the proposal that undermines oversight of the agency.

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