FOIA

New Lawsuit Targets EPA Over Audit Scott Pruitt Has Tried to Keep Secret

"The Campaign for Accountability (CFA), a DC-based watchdog group, has been seeking the release of the audit. Last fall, it filed suit to force the state to release the report, litigation that is still pending. And on Thursday it filed suit against the EPA to find out whether Pruitt may have used his position with the agency to keep the audit—and any wrongdoing it may have uncovered—from seeing the light of day. The new suit contends that the agency has failed to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests for documents concerning whether Pruitt’s agency may have coordinated with Oklahoma officials to keep the audit under seal—and whether EPA officials may have leaked a 2013 report by the agency”s inspector general that downplayed allegations of wrongdoing in connection with the buyout program. In February, several news outlets obtained copies of the report."

Watchdog Files 3 Lawsuits to Uncover Information on Trump Administration’s Rollback of Access to Family Planning Services

On February 27, 2018, CfA filed three Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. State Department, and the United States Agency for International Development regarding the Trump Administrations efforts to rollback access to family planning services.

Court hears arguments about open records in payday loans case

"The dispute is about whether a watchdog group may obtain correspondence between a Kennesaw State University professor and a payday lending group that commissioned the university to conduct a study. The group, which calls itself the Consumer Credit Research Foundation, publishes reports favorable to the industry."

Watchdog Groups Sue HHS for Records Related to Agency Efforts to Stop Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors from Obtaining Abortions

On February 1, 2018, Equity Forward and Campaign for Accountability, represented by American Oversight, filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeking records from the Office of Refugee Resettlement regarding the efforts to prevent unaccompanied immigrant minors from exercising their constitutional right to abortion.

Georgia Supreme Court to Hear Open Records Case against Payday Lending Group that Bankrolled Favorable Academic Study at Georgia University

On February 1, 2018, CfA announced that the Supreme Court of Georgia is scheduled to hear oral arguments on Monday, February 5, 2018, in CfA’s case against the Consumer Credit Research Foundation, a payday lending nonprofit that funded a favorable academic study by a professor at Kennesaw State University.

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