Posts tagged 'Shira A. Sheindlin'

Whose information is it? The politics of FOIA

Posted: April 1, 2011 | Tags: Shira A. Sheindlin, TRAC, wikicountability

It seems that the notions of open government and better administration of the Freedom of Information Act have attracted some new adherents in recent weeks.

For example, Crossroads GPS, the political action group put together by Karl Rove and which played a large part in last fall’s Republican gains in Congress, has launched a new website to track FOIA requests.

A Michigan libertarian group used the state’s FOI law to ask for emails from university professors in Michigan relating to the move in Wisconsin to reduce collective bargaining rights for public employees. And the Wisconsin Republican Party also ...

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Federal judge says unsearchable PDFs 'not sufficient disclosure'

Posted: Feb. 8, 2011 | Tags: Shira A. Sheindlin

We will see how long it lasts in higher courts, but a federal district judge in New York seems to have struck a huge blow for common sense when it comes to how federal agencies respond to Freedom of Information Act requests for electronic records.

U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled last week that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency and other federal agencies had wrongly turned over information in unsearchable PDF files.

Yes, that is the sound of thousands of journalists rejoicing and many public officials weeping. But the death of PDFs — especially ones that can’t ...

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