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    EPIC, Coalition Urge Investigation of Closure of Open Government Requests

    EPIC and 13 other transparency organizations have asked the Office of Government Information Services to launch an investigation of impermissible closures of FOIA requests. Several federal agencies have notified FOIA requesters that unprocessed requests will simply be closed by the agency if there is no further communication. There is nothing in the FOIA law or agency regulations that allow for this practice. EPIC and the coalition have asked the FOIA ombudsman to investigate and to advise agencies to end the practice. For more information see: http://epic.org/2014/11/epic-coaliti...nvestigat.html
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    "We can wait you out."

    There's usually no teeth behind FOI laws, and even when there are the penalty is against the agency as opposed to being against the individual. Until wallets and careers are threatened this "waiting" game will continue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    "We can wait you out." There's usually no teeth behind FOI laws, [ ... ]
    Will you cite, please, the exception making none/never into your usually?
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    Originally Posted by skidmark

    "We can wait you out." There's usually no teeth behind FOI laws, [ ... ]
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    Will you cite, please, the exception making none/never into your usually?
    It likely is easier to cite where teeth/penalty exists, than where it does not.

    Think Skid was just CYA in case he missed some obscure reference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    "We can wait you out."

    There's usually no teeth behind FOI laws, and even when there are the penalty is against the agency as opposed to being against the individual. Until wallets and careers are threatened this "waiting" game will continue.

    stay safe.
    Well, even in my state, that has a statue making it a crime not to comply with any order ( CGS Sec. 1-240 (b) Any member of any public agency who fails to comply with an order of the Freedom of Information Commission shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor and each occurrence of failure to comply with such order shall constitute a separate offense.) the gov't doesn't actually arrest those that violate the law lol. Heavens no.

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    Perpetual publicly funded institutions with nearly inlimited staff, legal counsel access and therefore time find it easy to just out wait citizens and their donation funded orgs.
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