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Federal CIO Council wins award for worst open government performance – again

The Rosemary Award, established in 2005 by the National Security Archive – a Washington, D.C.-based independent watchdog group located at George Washington University – is intended to "highlight the lowlights of government secrecy."

ACLU, NY affiliate sue TSA for records related to passenger behavior screening program

At issue is the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, which uses behavior detection officers to detect passenger behaviors that may be indicative of stress, fear or deception.

DOJ rolls out new FOIA training tools

The Justice Department rolled out new education courses aimed at training the federal workforce on how to properly handle Freedom of Information Act requests, says a March 13 DOJ statement.

Report: Agencies receive low grades for FOIA compliance

Agencies are struggling to properly implement the Freedom of Information Act and release information to the public when it's requested, says a March 10 report from the Center for Effective Government.

Former NARA official comes out in support of new FOIA reform bill

A former National Archives and Records Administration official spoke out in support of a new bill that would strengthen Freedom of Information Act protections.

Reforms to IGs, acquisition, FOIA included in POGO's 'Baker's Dozen' of congressional priorities

POGO's 2015 "Baker's Dozen" includes areas for legislative reform as well as issues that would benefit from improved oversight.

NSA analysts may have been conducting unauthorized surveillance, agency reports indicate

The National Security Agency recently released more than a decade's worth of intelligence collection reports that may have violated U.S. law or policy, according to s everal news organizations.

FOIA reform is dead for now

Freedom of Information Act reform is dead for this Congressional session. As House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) closed the last meeting of the 113th Congress, the FOIA bill was nowhere to be found despite pleas from both sides of the aisle. The Senate last week passed updated bipartisan FOIA legislation and urged House lawmakers to pass the bill before the current session ends.

OGIS director Miriam Nisbet to retire at end of November

For much of her career in government service, Miriam Nisbet has been on the cutting edge of the intersection of digital technology and the Freedom of Information Act. But more than 35 years after she began government service in 1978, Nisbet will leave her post as the government's top FOIA ombudsman at the end of November to take a break and pursue a career in the private sector.

NYT: USPS mail monitoring program is far reaching

The Postal Service is logging all mail for law enforcement agencies and the program is far reaching, an Oct. 28  New York Times  article says. In July 2013,  New York Times   reported  that two programs tracked mail for the federal government: a surveillance system called "mail covers" and a more expansive program called the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking program.