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Public Advocacy Group Sues DOL/OFCCP for failing to fulfill FOIA Request

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Public Citizen filed a FOIA requests for EEO-1 reports and supporting correspondence

Public Citizen, Inc., a nonprofit public interest advocacy and litigation organization, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the OFCCP to obtain copies of FOIA requests made by other parties for EEO-1 reports as well as any agency correspondence that followed the requests. According to Bloomberg Law, Public Citizen was “requesting the FOIA correspondence to ensure we had a full understanding of who obtains EEO-1 reports and for what purposes.”

OFCCP supplied most of the documents requested; however, withheld documents on open FOIA requests stating that “as a matter of policy, it withholds all records slated to ‘open’ FOIA requests on the theory that they fall within the scope of FOIA exemption 7.” Public Citizen took issue with OFCCP’s policy and filed a lawsuit on February 26, 2018 “to obtain the information to help people understand the usefulness of the data collected by the government on EEO-1 reporting forms.”

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