Archive’s Nomination of DOE for FOILIES Award for Egregious B5 Invocation Reminder Why FOIA Reform Necessary


The Department of Energy won the Archives FOILIES nomination this year. The Department of Energy won the Archive’s FOILIES nomination this year.

The National Security Archive nominated one especially bad FOIA response from the Energy Department for the second-annual FOILIES Awards – presented for the most extraordinary and egregious FOIA request responses. Spearheaded by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the “winners” of the FOILIES Awards were announced earlier today.

The Department of Energy earned the dubious distinction from the Archive for its lack of “sense and segregability” and spurious use of FOIA’s Exemption Five.

confusion “Release could confuse the public about the Government’s later policy decisions”

Specifically, the Department of Energy is withholding a 1978 letter from former Los Alamos National Lab director Harold Agnew to the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy director Frank Press on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in full – even though the document is segregable and contains information that is already public knowledge…

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