Spy Chief Sued Over Adviser’s Ties to Chinese Spies

Top DNI staffer had ties to accused Chinese spy group Huawei Technologies
Huawei

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has been sued by an advocacy group seeking the release of internal documents of a top intelligence adviser who was also working with a controversial Chinese technology company that has been identified as a potential espionage threat.

Nonprofit Challenges Government Definition of a Media Outlet

Cause of Action joined by press outlets in push for broadening of definition
COA

The nonprofit watchdog group Cause of Action is challenging the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) decision that it is not a member of the media, and asking the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to overturn a lower court’s ruling in favor of the FTC.

Judicial Watch Sues Navy for FOIA Policies

Watchdog had FOIAed Navy’s FOIA request policy
AP

A watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Navy for failing to turn over records on how it processes FOIA requests.

Judicial Watch announced Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit after the Navy failed to respond to its FOIA request for more than three months. Judicial Watch is seeking any policies or directives regarding how the Navy handles FOIA requests.

Watchdog Sues CPSC For FOIA’d Buckyballs Docs

Group decries administration secrecy surrounding legally suspect prosecution
AP

A government watchdog group filed a lawsuit against the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Tuesday to force the commission to release documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

VA Hides Names of Hospitals Where Vets Died From Delays

FOIA experts say docs wrongly withheld
A Marine Corps honor guard watches as a caisson carrying casket

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) blocked the release of the names of hospitals where 19 veterans died because of delays in medical screenings, leading to calls for transparency from news outlets and a bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers.

Transparency Failure

Half of fed agencies not complying with FOIA law
AP

Nearly half of all federal agencies have not updated their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations since President Barack Obama took office, despite pledges by the president and Attorney General Eric Holder to modernize and improve government transparency efforts.

Report: Agencies Failing at FOIA

Half of federal agencies have failed to meet transparency obligations
Attorney General Eric Holder / AP

Half of the federal agencies handling the bulk of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are failing at their transparency obligations, a government watchdog group reported Monday.