Legal Actions

Request for IG Investigation of Interior Department’s FOIA Awareness Process

On June 17, 2019, CfA along with American Oversight, American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, Democracy Forward, and Western Values Project, filed a complaint with the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior) calling for an investigation of the agency’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Awareness Process.  Political appointees at Interior appear to be using the Awareness Process to interfere with the release of documents in response to FOIA requests.

On July 23, 2019, CfA and Western Values Project submitted new information to Interior’s Acting Inspector General, presenting more evidence of political interference at Interior.

On July 23, 2019, the Inspector General confirmed an investigation will begin.

Read all three of the documents below.

Letter Calling for Investigation of FOIA Awareness Process

July 2019 Letter Containing More Evidence of Political Interference

Office of Inspector General Response Letter Confirming Investigation