from the send-in-your-nominations-now dept
In the meantime, the EFF has decided to do something beyond just suing: naming and shaming the most egregious violators (and celebrating those who filed the requests). EFF has announced its "Foilies" awards for "the most outrageous responses to Freedom of Information Act and state open records act requests." Anyone is free to nominate examples, even if you weren't the one who made the request. You just need to be able to point to the details of the request (whether the specific responses and/or news stories about them):
You should feel free to name your own Foilies categories. For example, if the Department of Defense claimed a national security exemption in response to your FOIA request for lunch menus, you might suggest a category for “America’s Most Dangerous Cafeteria.” But we also have several categories already in mind, such as:The details for how to nominate are pretty simple:
Absurdly Over-Redacted Documents
Egregious Copying Fees
Extraordinarily Long Wait for Records
Silly Legal Arguments in Public Records Lawsuits
Wrongest-Headed Anti-transparency Legislation
How to Submit a Nomination: Send nominations to email@example.com with “FOILIES 2015 NOMINATION” in the subject line. You can nominate multiple entries in a single email, just make sure to enumerate the nominations so we can easily separate them.Help further the cause of transparent and accountable government by contributing to this effort and demonstrating the ridiculous contortions the government goes through in trying to block such efforts.
Format: Each nomination should look like this:
Category: One line category title
Description: No more than 200 words succinctly explaining the public records issue and why it deserves a Foilie. Please include this in the body of the email. (We’ll use this to winnow down the nominations and may cite the text during Sunshine Week.)
Links: Include any links to stories, records, or other information that will help us better understand the issue if we decide to read beyond the 200-word description.
Attachments: If you have the original FOIA/public records request and subsequent correspondence to support the nomination, please include it with the email (within reason: if it’s larger than 10mb, just include the most important parts). We may seek this information out separately later.
Attribution: Let us know if we can attribute the nomination (including the description text) to you and, if so, how you would like to be named (name, Twitter handle, etc.).
Contact details: Include a way for us to reach you with further questions. This information will remain confidential.