Freedom Of Information. Legal news and articles for February 27 - 28, 2012

US Department of Justice Stats Indicate Rise in Credit and Debit Card Theft as ...ROBERTS v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATIONGOL Commends USAID, Carter CenterFOI Act Can't Make Us Release Jonathan's Assets Declaration, Says CCB400 civil servants trained for Freedom of Information lawFreedom of Information: Waste of public money or vital democratic tool?FOI: Waste of publicmoney or vital democratic tool?School with 700 pupils has only 26 native English speakersFOIA billwould assurepublic accessEliminate legislators' special secrecy provisionTwo FOI complaints filed against WPCA boardTech committee expected to approve NYC open data billRepublican Lt. Gov. casts 11th tie-breaking vote as voter identification bill...ACLU and Service Women's Action Network Appear in Federal Court Seeking ...Mulgrew Says Mayor's Education Legacy Is 'in Shambles'

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Fed Bank Presidents Disclose Assets From Farmland to Stocks
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

1 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Reserve regional bank presidents revealed unprecedented details about their personal wealth, disclosing Citigroup Inc. shares bought by accident and ownership of a Missouri farm and Texas ranchland. The regional bank chiefs, ...more »

Grassley opens investigation into FDA surveillance
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

Documents the whistleblowers obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show FDA officials thought the reviewers disclosed confidential information when they communicated concerns to congressional staffers, the White House, the Equal Employment ...more »

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US Department of Justice Stats Indicate Rise in Credit and Debit Card Theft as ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) released the Bureau's findings in fulfillment of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Identity Stronghold. The national survey shows that approximately 4 million -- nearly half -- of all victimized households ...more »

ROBERTS v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Leagle.comFebruary 28, 2012

Plaintiff brings this action against the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI"), a component of the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ"), under the Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA"), 5 USC § 552. This matter is before the Court on defendant's ...more »

GOL Commends USAID, Carter Center
The InquirerFebruary 28, 2012

Information Minister, Lewis Brown said the support to make the Freedom of Information law work goes a long way in helping Liberia achieve openness and transparency. Minister Brown spoke Monday when the Government of Liberia and The Carter Center ...more »

FOI Act Can't Make Us Release Jonathan's Assets Declaration, Says CCB
AllAfrica.comFebruary 28, 2012

The bureau said this in a letter dated February 20, 2012 and signed by its secretary, Alhassan Ibrahim, in a response to Daily Trust's request of President Jonathan's assets declaration in accordance with the FOI Act signed into law by the President in ...more »

400 civil servants trained for Freedom of Information law
MaltaTodayFebruary 28, 2012

The training of 400 freedom of information officers who work in the civil service has been ongoing since February 2010, justice minister Chris Said has told parliament. It's been two years since the Freedom of Information Act was passed by the Maltese ...more »

Freedom of Information: Waste of public money or vital democratic tool?
This is CroydonFebruary 28, 2012

The Croydon Advertiser obtained the contract through the Freedom of Information Act The Freedom of Information Act has empowered the public, and become an important tool of the press, to uncover such data since it was made law in 2005.more »

FOI: Waste of publicmoney or vital democratic tool?
This is CroydonFebruary 28, 2012

The Freedom of Information Act has empowered the public, and become an important tool of the press, to uncover such data since it was made law in 2005. Now a Commons select committee is debating whether to amend the act, amid claims it has damaged ...more »

School with 700 pupils has only 26 native English speakers
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 28, 2012

The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, revealed that primary school children in the area speak in 140 different tongues, including Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali and Polish. Only London, Slough, Luton and Leicester have higher proportions ...more »

FOIA billwould assurepublic access
Charleston Post CourierFebruary 28, 2012

It represents significant progress for open government and would be the first step in improving the state's Freedom of Information Act since 2003. The bill, H.3235, prohibits public agencies from charging more than the fair market rate for making ...more »

Eliminate legislators' special secrecy provision
The StateFebruary 28, 2012

That legislative secrecy provision is one of the broadest exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act, effectively shielding one of the three branches of government from important public disclosure requirements. But that could be changing.more »

Two FOI complaints filed against WPCA board
Stamford AdvocateFebruary 28, 2012

STAMFORD -- A Water Pollution Control Authority employee and former Board of Finance member lodged two Freedom of Information Act complaints against the sewage treatment plant's Board of Directors this month, alleging members held improper executive ...more »

Tech committee expected to approve NYC open data bill
amNYFebruary 27, 2012

The full council could vote on the bill as soon as Wednesday. An amNewYork report last year found that several city agencies failed to provide certain records in a timely manner required by the Freedom of Information Law.more »

Republican Lt. Gov. casts 11th tie-breaking vote as voter identification bill...
Washington PostFebruary 27, 2012

A second bill would limit those who can observe recounts of provisional ballots, removing the right under Virginia's Freedom of Information Act for the public and the press to watch and report on the count. Republicans said the bill only ensures the ...more »

ACLU and Service Women's Action Network Appear in Federal Court Seeking ...
eNews Park ForestFebruary 27, 2012

The government failed to respond to the organizations' 2010 Freedom of Information Act request for records documenting incidents of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence and sexual harassment in the military. “Unfortunately, the DOD seems to be ...more »

Mulgrew Says Mayor's Education Legacy Is 'in Shambles'
New York TimesFebruary 27, 2012

“I want to be very clear on this point of the story: The mayor and the city chose to go to court and not to fight the FOIL,” Mr. Mulgrew continued, referring to the Freedom of Information Law. “It was their responsibility to fight it and they said, ...more »

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