The New York Times has this on an EPA contractor, who this blog thanked for finding a case just a few weeks ago, who is making FOIA requests as some sort of vigilante effort to identify those who are in the "resistance" to the current administration. The story raises a number of questions:
1. Why does taxpayer funds from the EPA go to any contractor to monitor news? Its not what the EPA is supposed to do and is a monumental waste of money - if the EPA has so much excess money why don't they fund their FOIA program?
2. Are the FOIA requests some kind of coordinated effort to get around government employee's rights under the Privacy Act? A routine use of the Privacy Act is that the material must be released under the FOIA - I can imagine that government officials who want to release information that shows that employees are resistant to the nutty ideas of the current administration will say they must release the information under the FOIA so that they can't be found to have violated Privacy Act rights.
Agency FOIA Offices should not be put in the middle of these types of things. It would be nice for Congress to investigate these issues - but of course the Majority has no interest in doing this or even funding FOIA (or many other needed government operations). This is just bad.