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FOIA News: ICYMI, FOIA suits attempt to uncover bullying of civil servants

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Watchdog group, citing “integrity of civil service,” sues Trump to find out if feds are being bullied

By Lisa Rein, Wash. Post,  Apr. 27, 2017

A watchdog group led by former Obama administration lawyers filed lawsuits Thursday against three federal agencies to force them to release communications the group suspects show the Trump administration is bullying civil servants.

The complaints, filed in U.S. District Court in Washington, contend that the Department of Health and Human Services and the Energy Department are violating the law by refusing to respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act for communications about career employees between top White House political aides and their counterparts at the agencies. The group also is appealing a State Department decision on a similar request for information.

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