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The 2020 Foilies Awards: Recognizing the year’s worst in government transparency 

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click to enlarge MIKE KATZ-LACABE
  • Mike Katz-Lacabe

The Uncontrolled Burn Award

Federal Aviation Administration

Someone at the Federal Aviation Administration has an unhealthy relationship with their CD burner.

Last year, Mike Katz-Lacabe of the Center for Human Rights and Privacy filed a FOIA request with the FAA to get records about helicopters and airplanes operated by 19 different police agencies in California. The FAA turned up 120 MB of files. They could have put them on a single CD-ROM, which can hold about 700 MB of information. Instead, the FOIA officer burned the records to 19 separate discs and sent them to Katz-Lacabe in the mail.

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