D.C. Circuit: Government Agency Emails In Private Account Not Shielded From FOIA

Mealey's (July 6, 2016, 2:48 PM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — A District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals majority on July 5 found that a government “agency cannot shield its records from search or disclosure under” the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by “storing them in a private email account controlled by the agency head,” reversing a trial court’s dismissal of a group’s FOIA for certain emails of the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as inconsistent with the purpose of the act (Competitive Enterprise Institute v. Office...
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