Our new search engine makes it possible to search millions of PACER filings for emojis. 🤷
Last night, we were sitting in bed with our laptop, browsing PACER for recently-filed FOIA cases, as one does, and we found a *very* interesting one.
Someone FOIA'ed NARA (@USNatArchives) for a copy of the Zapruder film. 😳
It is indeed a public record, held by NARA. BUT.
I too have found @USNatArchives to be unacceptable at processing FOIA requests -- I filed the basic request below two separate times in 2022 (through NARA and through http://foiaonline.gov), never heard anything back: just went to check on it and learned foiaonline is dead!!
"Govt officials are custodians of public records, not owners. Since records are integral to their operation, managing records is as fundamental to the duties of every agency as is filling potholes, writing tickets, making sure teachers get paid."
Washington's 50-year-old Public Records Act is at risk after years of erosion by exemptions, tech workarounds & misuse. We're rallying the people to assert our #righttoknow! See WashCOG's report on the state of the PRA at & join the fight. #shinethelight
Just filed a Memorandum of Law in one of our several ongoing but not yet publicly announced #FOIA lawsuits against a federal agency for genealogical records. 🥳
Hint: it is indeed a US government agency, and yet this song is thematically appropriate:
In adopteeland, you're apparently not an adult until you are 40 years old. #adopteetwitter
NEW: A proposed bill would effectively gut the Kentucky Open Records Act, which was enacted to recognize that “free and open examination of public records is in the public interest.” The legislature has chipped away at this vital law in recent years.