Wednesday, 6 April 2011

FOIA Project website

The folks from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) have started an all new website called The FOIA Project.  TRAC gets a lot of their data through filing FOIA requests to government agencies and courts. The new project is designed to bring more transparency to FOIA withholding decisions and  enable users to track all instances in which a federal agency's decision to deny government records has become the subject of a suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) since October 1, 2009. The site, supported with a grant from the CS Fund/Warsh-Mott Legacy, is updated daily with the latest court FOIA filings and provides extensive information about the names of withholding agency, the names of the plaintiffs, the location where the action was brought, along with the actual complaint and attachments that were filed.
TRAC was established at Syracuse more than two decades ago to obtain detailed information from various federal agencies under the FOIA, check its accuracy and completeness and make the data available to the public through its two web sites, TRAC and TRACFED. Over the years, this effort has required TRAC to file suits in federal court against the Internal Revenue Service, the Office of Personnel Management, the National Archives and Records Administration, and various components of the Justice Department including the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Civil Division. If you visit their websites you will see that they are still litigating a number of FOIA requests for information. 

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