The Office of Government Information Services, created by Congress in 2008 to serve as an overseer of federal FOIA activities and help mediate disputes between information requesters and federal agencies, offers a resource page with useful government and NGO links.
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Prior to November 1, 2009, EPA had 13 different lists for Federal Register notices. The information is still available to reporters and the public via other channels.Topics on the Beat:
The U.S. Department of Energy scrambles to delay a report by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board about a significant threat of radiation release from Los Alamos National Laboratory, a citizen watchdog group discovered.
The Project on Government Oversight used FOIA to get reports and documents from an NRC Inspector General's investigation of Jeffrey Merrifield.
Federal legislation to protect reporters from having to reveal confidential sources may be back on track. A markup in the Senate Judiciary Committee, possibly November 5, 2009, could tell.
As debate over climate legislation rages, reporters will encounter many confusing and seemingly contradictory statements about the costs of changing US energy practices. You may help your audience with an understanding of how incomplete the cost figures cited by companies and politicians often are.SEJ Publication Types:
EPA seems to be making efforts to use social media to improve public participation in its decisions, says the watchdog group OMB Watch, citing the TRI forum as one example of several.
You know you are not on the A-list when the press advisory is sent to you after the press conference takes place, as one SEJ member experienced on October 16, 2009.Topics on the Beat:
Persistence pays off for Greenwire reporter Darren Samuelsohn who filed his first Freedom of Information Act request for it back in July 2008, re-filed it in January 2009 at the start of the Obama administration, and finally received it October 13, 2009.
These communities will have to come up with plans for reducing fine particle pollution. Is yours one of them?SEJ Publication Types: