Federal court rules Justice adequately searched for records

From Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press:

A U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. has ruled that while a federal agency must conduct an adequate search for records when responding to a federal Freedom of Information Act request, the agency is not necessarily required to search every system of records in its possession or contact other agencies that may have information relevant to the request.

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Money saved at misdiagnosed veterans’ expense

From Courthouse News Service:

NEW HAVEN (CN) – The Vietnam Veterans of America says the Pentagon has "systematically and wrongfully discharged" more than 22,000 veterans since 2001 "on the basis of so-called 'personality disorder'" – rather than post-traumatic stress disorder – to deny them medical care and save the Pentagon $12.5 billion in medical and disability payments.

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DHS program to monitor social media users draws lawsuit

From Nextgov:

Privacy advocates are suing the Homeland Security Department to obtain information on a program that monitors the social media interactions of citizens following a federal vendor's private sector plans to sabotage certain groups' online activities with similar technology.

Homeland Security officials have expanded an ongoing initiative that tracks public online communications in the interests of public safety, according a February DHS notice.

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NFOIC’s FOI Friday for December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

A few items selected from many of interest that we might not have drawn attention to earlier:

ACLU ready to challenge Clinton (Ia.) over records

CLINTON, Iowa — The Citizens for Open Government group has been denied its request for obtaining closed meeting records from the city of Clinton regarding the federal lawsuit over ambulance billings by the city.

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Judge sets hearing in FOIA complaint

From delmarvanow.com:

ACCOMAC, Va. — A General District judge set a noon hearing Jan. 11 to consider motions in a case in which Onancock resident Charles Landis claims the town violated the Freedom of Information Act by holding an illegal closed meeting.

Landis also claims the town violated the law by giving him a redacted version of the new town manager's employment contract — which Landis requested in August and received in October.

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