I'm quoted on this story about a proposed Ohio law concerning drug prices. My quote concerns only the public records/FOIA part of the debate and doesn't reflect my opinion on whether or not lowering drug prices is good public policy.
The Government Accountability Project has sued the State Department on five FOIA requests submitted to the agency concerning the J-1 Au Pair program. The State Department has acknowledged receipt of the requests but has failed to complete any of them, even though some of them are over a year old. The complaint can be read here.
FCW has this on the release of findings by three subcommittee's of the FOIA Advisory Committee - I think all of the recommendations are fair and should be implemented. However, what all three recommendations have in common is that they call on additional resources being provided to FOIA Operations at agencies - something that Congress and agency budget heads have very little appetite for.
Courthouse News Service has this on the recently filed lawsuit by the NY Times on its request for visitor logs compiled by the Secret Service during the Presidential transition. Secret Service appears to be claiming the records are not subject to FOIA but are maintained under the Presidential Records Act -- even though the request was submitted one day before the inauguration in January of 2017. Further, the Secret Service never seemed to make a decision on the record - it told the paper that it made a response and described it over the phone but the Times never received it. In light of the Mar-a-Lago records lawsuit, this should be interesting.
Reuters has this on the CIA Inspector General nominee's confirming that the CIA found the Senate's torture report that the CIA previously reported that it had destroyed. There was a FOIA request for it and a court ruled that it was Congressional information and didn't need to be released through the FOIA.
The article is interesting as Senator Feinstein wanted the CIA to actually read the report so it could learn from the report, not destroy and ignore it to escape FOIA responsibility.
A federal court in the Northern District of Illinois denied the FBI's request for an Open America stay that would allow it to process only 500 pages of records per month until it completed the processing of the request in 5 years. Finding that the FBI failed to establish the requirements needed for the granting of a stay under Open America, the Court ordered the processing of the estimated 30,000 plus pages to be processed under an expedited schedule.
Late Friday the DOJ filed its motion for summary judgment on the "Comey Memos" arguing that the documents were part of an ongoing criminal proceeding and protected under the FOIA pursuant to Exemption 7A. In line with the Maydak ruling, DOJ said other exemptions such as 1, 3, 6 and 7(C) would also apply to the documents. CNN has more here.
Politico has this on yesterday's order from the Court on the lawsuit for Mar-a-Lago records. The government had earlier promised to turn over visitor records, but when it did the disclosure could best be described as skimpy. The plaintiff's asked for the Court to find that the government was in violation of its earlier agreement - the government responded that it doesn't keep logs of visitors to Mar-a-Lago when the current President is there (which opens up an entirely different non-FOIA issues about the operations of the Secret Service and the transparency of the current President). The Court declined to act on the slim disclosure and briefing on issues on the case will now proceed along the earlier agreed upon schedule.
Uproxx has this on the FOIA request filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on current Vice President's stunt of attending an NFL game for a few minutes and then leaving because of his "moral outrage." CREW wants to know just how much this stunt cost the public; there are a number of other FOIA requests on travel costs pending across the government as the Marie Antoinette administration likes to go places but not have to actually mingle with those pesky people who actually pay for the travel.
It should also be remembered that the NFL player's kneeling during the national anthem has absolutely nothing to do with "disrespecting the flag" or the troops. It is to call attention to police treatment of minorities, which I note the Vice President doesn't say anything about in his statement concerning his stunt.