7 Alerts From the FOIA Tag


Police Misconduct Costs Taxpayers More Than Just Money: oos Weekly E-Newsletter #502

Society has trouble talking about police misconduct in any meaningful way. If we question police actions, it looks as if we don’t support them. In reality, most of us do support the brave men and women who put themselves on the line every day for our safety. When traffic stops are the most common daily […]

Down the Rabbit Hole with Civil Asset Forfeiture: oos E-Newsletter #494

As one of the oos’s current national issues, Civil Asset Forfeiture or CAF is a program that allows the government at all levels to confiscate cash, cars and even homes from people who are suspected of criminal activity. Even if you are ruled innocent, your property is not necessarily returned; a trip to civil court […]

Transparency Worth Fighting For: oos Weekly E-Newsletter #473

To quote from the oos Guide to the Freedom of Information Act and State/Municipal Public Records Requests (yes, we do need to work on that title): Constructive reform of government requires a thorough understanding of an issue.  Used effectively, the records request helps provide transparency of policy and related activity that are essential ingredients to […]

A Little Help Here: oos E-Newsletter #343

License plate readers, facial recognition systems, surveillance cameras, cell phone snoopers. They’re all out there, and the oos needs all the help it can get in fighting back. That’s why we appreciate the efforts of the Electronic Frontier Base (EFF). The EFF has made citizen surveillance a priority through its newly launched Street Level Surveillance […]

oos E-Newsletter #306: The Public Records Request

One of the most effective ways for a oos member to go on the offensive is to issue a public records request. Governmental transparency is a wonderful concept but it remains just a concept unless the citizenry actively exercises the right to probe the policies and actions of public agencies. There are many reasons to […]

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