Requesting the CIA to declassify secret records will now cost you $72 an hour. The CIA announced the new hourly rate last September without advance notice or opportunity for comment from the public. At least 30 civil society organizations took exception to this move and have now filed suit to void the policy. [Federal Times]

Anaheim is charging a record requester $19,000 to restore emails that the city illegally deleted. Really? According to Voice of OC, that’s exactly what their doing. According to Voice of OC, managers of the Planning Department ordered employees to purge certain publics records in violation of record retention requirements. The purging came to light, and now a public records request has been submitted seeking copies of the deleted records. Anaheim is citing a provision in California’s public records law that allows them to charge for data compilation and extraction. In this case, that’s going to run about $19,000. Why do the emails need to be extracted again? [Voice of OC]


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On The Willis Report (FOX NEWS, July 29, 2010), a regular FOX Business News broadcast, host Gerri Willis reviewed some of the issues surrounding efforts to gather information about the salary of public officials in Bell, California. Gerri interviewed Steve DiJulio, a Foster Pepper lawyer and regular contributor to this blog. Steve discussed that many

Yesterday, Governor Gregoire signed an executive order that eliminated 17 boards and commissions and she has asked lawmakers to eliminate 78 other boards, which according to the Spokesman-Review includes the Public Records Exemptions Accountability Committee, also known as the “Sunshine Committee.”  The Sunshine Committee  reviews and recommends changes to exemptions in the Public Records

Earlier today, the United States Supreme Court in an eight to one vote blocked the public release of documents showing names and contact information of Washington Referendum Measure No. 71 (“R-71”) petition signers. This action stopped the Ninth Circuit’s ruling last week that ordered the release of the documents. See our October 16, 2009 blog