Major ruling in Knight FOI Fund-supported case

COLUMBIA, Mo. (August 26, 2013) — In a major ruling in a case supported by the Knight FOI Fund, a Washington DC-based federal district judge has ruled that the Central Intelligence Agency cannot use the CIA Act of 1949 as a catchall rationale for avoiding disclosures under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).


Watchdog group grades agencies’ FOIA performance

From FCW:

The Center for Effective Government on March 13 released a report on the government's Freedom of Information Act response efforts, finding that agencies processed more FOIA in 2012 than in previous years, and that backlogs have declined even as the number of requests has grown. But more requests are being redacted, the report found, and the cost of FOIA processing varied widely from agency to agency.


Blogger files lawsuit after being denied access to document


LAWRENCE, NJ — An open-government activist has filed a lawsuit against the township alleging that officials violated the state’s public records law by denying him access to documentation regarding a civil settlement reached by the township police department this year.