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Students should get the same FOIA fees break as teachers, judge rules

Students pursuing research for school should not be charged search and other extra fees under the federal Freedom of Information Act, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit judge ruled on Friday.

Illinois auditor general sued following alleged FOIA violations

Allegations of misspent campaign funds  have dogged  Illinois Auditor General Frank  Mautino  since the former state representative began the position on January 1, but now he is being sued for his alleged failure to turn over records related to said funds as part of Freedom of Information Act requests.

Interior ignores repeated attempts by OGIS to check on status of FOIA appeals

The Department of Interior is ignoring the ombudsman Congress set up to mediate Freedom of Information Act requests, according to a recent letter sent by the Office of Government Information Services to the department's Office of the Solicitor.

Virginia's Freedom of Information Advisory Council mulls changes to state's FOIA law

Virginia's Freedom of Information Advisory Council intends to recommend changes to the state's open records and meeting law next month, reported the Daily Press.

DOT opens documents from secret drone registration meetings

Under pressure from a Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, lawsuit, the Department of Transportation has opened documents, including a final report, from closed meetings of the Federal Aviation Administration's drone task force.

Congressional leaders ask GAO to audit agencies' FOIA compliance

Congressional leaders want the Government Accountability Office to review how well federal agencies comply with the Freedom of Information Act, popularly known as FOIA.

Senate, House mull contrasting FOIA reform bills

A recent Congressional Research Service report compared and contrasted two Freedom of Information Act reform bills that are working their way through Congress.

FOIA 'still interested letters' have uncertain effect on requesters, report finds

Sending a so-called "still interested letter" to someone who requested responses under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, has an uncertain effect, an analysis by the Office of Government Information Services found.

Flint crisis offers lessons in government transparency

Greater transparency might have helped the residents of Flint, Mich., avoid the dire situation they're in now, according to a recent Government Technology article.

DoD's FOIA 'spammer' steps forward

Following a Department of Defense report decrying a heavy volume of Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests from a single individual, that requester has stepped forward.