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CfA Opposes FBI Proposal to Exempt Biometrics Database from Privacy Act

On July 7, 2016, CfA joined a coalition of 18 organizations, led by OpenTheGovernment.org, in opposing the FBI's proposal to exempt its biometrics database - the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system - from nearly all key provisions of the Privacy Act. The coalition believes that the FBI's system needs stronger privacy and transparency protections than the FBI's current proposal incorporates.

CfA Demands Audit of Legislative Expenditures for Utah Land Transfer Lawsuit

On July 6, 2016, in a letter to the chairs of the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands and the director and legislative general counsel of the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, CfA called for a full accounting of the nearly one million dollars the commission has spent to date to develop a lawsuit to compel the federal government to transfer national public lands to the state.

CfA Files Fraud Complaint Against Former KS Election Official Brian Newby

On May 9, 2016, CfA called on Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to investigate former Johnson County Election Commissioner Brian Newby for flagrantly violating Kansas criminal law by submitting false expenses, misusing public funds, and conspiring to cover up his conduct. Mr. Newby held his Kansas position for ten years, departing in November 2015 to serve as the executive director of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

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