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FOIA News: MuckRock's FOIA March Madness contest

Allan BlutsteinComment

Submit your picks for MuckRock’s FOIA March(es) Madness(es)

Give us your pick for most responsive federal agency and win up to 25 requests!

By Beryl Lipton, MuckRock, Mar. 21, 2016

Ladies, germs, sports fans of all experience levels:

The mid-March doldrums are here, and people everywhere are caught in the throes of Madness. Some of us mean basketball. Some mean (b)5 exemptions. And, yet, not everyone can settle on or in or even anywhere near the court. Which is why this year we’ve brought that unifying tried-and-true bracket bonanza of college ball to the friendly competition of FOIA requests, and we’d like to you to play.

For the next week - that’s from today, March 21 through next Monday, March 28 - we’ll be accepting your March(es) Madness(es) bracket picks. Then, for the next two months, we’ll be keeping track of responses and tallying points.

Then we’ll announce a winner.

And that winner will win 25 requests - a $100 value!

So, here’s how it stands:

Sixty-four agencies have been given a chance to compete in MuckRock’s FOIA March(es) Madness(es).

We’re asking for the same thing from each participating agency: the most current copy of the manual and guidelines used by their FOIA officers to process requests. According to the 5 U.S. Code § 552, “Public information; agency rules, opinions, orders, records, and proceedings,”

The agencies have been broken into four divisions and given affectionately vague division names.

Read more here.