September 1, 2014 Update

After launching our website, there has been a definite learning curve for which we needed to compensate. Luckily our work has not been paused. In fact, we have several new updates and investigations to announce:

  1. "What's in your Grandpa's FBI File?" - We have finally received a response from the Office of Information Policy, U.S. Department of Justice, denying our FOIA appeal on the grounds of overzealousness and improper application of (b)(6) and (b)(7)(C) exemptions. Moreover, the Office of Information Policy addressed our concerns regarding a "catastrophic" flood that affected FBI records that might be responsive to our request. In light of this, we have submitted two FOIA requests to the FBI regarding the flood and case files mentioned in the responsive records received from the FBI.
  2. "California Public Records Act: Compliance Audit" - In addition, we are in the process of requesting records pertaining to municipal compliance and trends in the use of the CPRA. For those unfamiliar, the CPRA is the state-level equivalent of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which provides, inter alia, that records are open to the public to inspect and copy - with the limitation of certain exemptions.
  3. Finally, we are in the midst of investigating the practice of an unidentified college in suppressing course review statistics. In short, we are evaluating whether the exclusion of disabled students who utilize testing services for their "finals" from these course reviews is a common practice or a simple isolated incident. Currently, we are speaking to school officials regarding this matter in anticipation of lodging a CPRA request. We will report back as soon as we have more information.

More information is on the way as the deadline for response to our FOIA and CPRA requests grows near. Stay tuned for more information and news concerning open government, our constitutional rights, and more!