Archives for February, 2013
Posted: Feb. 27, 2013 | Tags: FOIA
In baseball, if you bat .333, you're an All-Star. But we’re pretty sure that doesn’t apply to most other endeavors.
Take, for example, the requirement that federal agencies file annual reports detailing how they handled Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The reports, for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, were due by Feb. 1. They're supposed to be available on a central Web page hosted by the Justice Department, which oversees all FOIA procedures for the federal government.
Yet here we are, on Feb. 27, nearly a month after the deadline, and only five cabinet ...
Posted: Feb. 26, 2013 | Tags: open government
Shortly after the tragic massacre of school children in Newtown, Conn., in December, the Westchester, N.Y., Journal News got access to a list of all gun permit owners in Westchester and Rockland counties and made it available on its website.
The publication of the list, which was a public record, provoked an outcry from permit holders who said their privacy had been violated.
Within a few weeks, the New York legislature and governor agreed to a bill making the records off limits to the public for four months. The bill also includes a provision giving permit holders the power ...