Documents: Drone certifications in Minnesota
Last November, Public Record Media submitted FOIA requests to discover the number of permits, applications, and waivers sought or granted for drone use in the state of Minnesota. The FAA has responded with documentation. Find it here.
“We have twelve records on file …”
Federal court affirms fee award in PRM drone case
A federal district judge has affirmed the award of attorneys’ fees in PRM’s litigation against the Justice Department. PRM sought fees in connection with a lawsuit over access to drone-related legal opinions. Find the order here, and background on the case here.
“The order is affirmed …”
Examining the Boundaries of the Second Amendment
U.S. policy makers have been engaged in a months-long debate over gun control policy. PRM’s Matt Ehling wrote an editorial for Minnpost that examines the scope of Second Amendment rights in light of recent policy debates over firearms regulations.
“What level of scrutiny applies to Second Amendment matters?”
Health and Human Services releases 837 pages of records
On March 28, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released 837 pages of documents in response to PRM’s FOIA litigation. The documents relate to 2011 renewal of Minnesota’s Medicaid waiver. Find a summary of these documents on our blog.
“This letter is CMS’ third and final response …”
OLC responds to request for NDAA opinions
The Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) has responded to PRM’s FOIA request pertaining to memos about the scope of the government’s powers under the NDAA. OLC denied the production of four responsive records, but forwarded one document to the Office of Information Policy for additional action. Watch this space for more information.
“They are not appropriate for discretionary release …”
Health and Human Services releases additional documents
On February 27, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released 1171 additional pages of documents in PRM’s FOIA lawsuit. HHS also withheld 1523 pages of documents under FOIA exemptions 5 and 6. See our blog for more information about the latest document release.
“There are still concerns about auditing …”
Drones and government transparency
Do Americans have enough information about the government’s use of drones to ensure accountability? PRM’s Matt Ehling examined the issue in a recent Minnpost editorial.
“Its growth has lacked a critical check …”
Health and Human Services releases 229 documents
On January 22, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released 229 documents in response to a FOIA lawsuit brought by Public Record Media. The documents relate to the extension of Minnesota’s 1115 Medicaid waiver. Read our blog for more details.
“This letter is an interim response …”
PRM prevails in fee motion in drone lawsuit
PRM has prevailed in its motion for attorneys’ fees in its drone document lawsuit against DOJ. In 2012, PRM moved for attorneys’ fees after the agency changed its position regarding its possession (or non-possession) of responsive records. Find out more on our blog.
“Plaintiff substantially prevailed …”
PRM files administrative appeal over OLC request
On January 14, 2013, PRM filed an administrative appeal with U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy. The appeal related to a FOIA request for Office of Legal Counsel documents concerning the military detention provisions of the 2012 NDAA.
“At least twenty business days elapsed …”
Twin Cities military training – document cache
PRM recently received additional information regarding data redacted from records provided by the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office. The redactions were contained in documents about military special forces training that occurred in the Twin Cities area. For more details, view PRM’s new article on the document cache.
“Remote sensing in support of training activities …”
Health and Human Services lawsuit update
PRM and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have stipulated to an extension of time for HHS to answer the complaint in its FOIA lawsuit. The extension allows HHS additional time to gather and assess documents responsive to PRM’s FOIA request of February 22, 2012.
“United States is working to assess Plaintiff’s FOIA request …”