State Dept. Has Lowest Ranking in Government for FOIA Request Replies

By: Tuesday May 13, 2014 10:22 am

One of the better ideas of modern government in America was the creation in 1966, and amendment in 1974, of the Freedom of Information Act. The concept behind it dates right back to the Founding– people in a democracy must know what their government is doing in their names. Such an informed citizenry (in Jefferson’s [...]


State Department Admits It Doesn’t Know Keystone XL’s Exact Route

By: Monday July 8, 2013 6:30 pm

The State Department’s decision to hand over control to the oil industry to evaluate its own environmental performance on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has led to a colossal oversight.

Neither Secretary of State John Kerry nor President Barack Obama could tell you the exact route that the pipeline would travel through countless neighborhoods, farms, waterways and scenic areas between Alberta’s tar sands and oil refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

A letter from the State Department denying an information request to a California man confirms that the exact route of the Keystone XL export pipeline remains a mystery, as DeSmog recently revealed.

Dissenters’ Digest for April 29-May 5

By: Saturday May 5, 2012 7:00 pm

Dissenters’ Digest takes a look back at the week’s stories covering whistleblowers, watchdogs, and government accountability

Torture is Back in the News.

State Department Gets Report It Wants on Keystone XL Pipeline From Deputy IG Geisel

By: Thursday February 9, 2012 2:15 pm

Deputy Inspector General Harold Geisel gives the State Department a clean bill of health over its handling of the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline affair today [PDF]. The release of his report has inspired numerous “well, that’s that” articles, as well as a nod to its legitimacy by Bernie Sanders.

A few things remain to be said about the report, however.

Sign Up for #OccupySupply Webinar on Filing FOIAs for Occupy Groups, Tomorrow Night (2/8) at 8 PM ET

By: Tuesday February 7, 2012 2:50 pm

Kevin Baron, a wizard at Freedom of Information Act requests, has generously agreed to give a webinar presentation tomorrow night for Occupy Supply on how to submit FOIA requests regarding the government’s actions against occupations across the country — and more importantly, what to do when the government won’t comply.

Darrell Issa Complains that Janet Napolitano Took a Whole Year to Change Michael Chertoff’s Inefficient FOIA Process

By: Friday April 1, 2011 4:30 pm

At issue is the process by which top DHS officials review–and are alerted to–sensitive FOIA releases. The policy in place up until July 2010 was put in place in 2006. That is, under Michael Chertoff.

This Week in FinReg Implementation

By: Thursday August 12, 2010 4:40 pm

It’s very important to keep on top of the implementation of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, because Congress basically outsourced the writing of the bill to the regulators. There are 67 studies and 200 rules that regulators will have to conduct, enact and implement. And so it’s worth looking into their progress, which has already begun.

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