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CREW v. USDA: Regarding Failure to Respone to FOIA Requests (PR Contracts)

On March 16, 2005, Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the District Court for the District of Columbia for failing to produce documents pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA). CREW had asked the USDA to produce any records relating to contracts the USDA may have entered into with any public relations firms. CREW filed a FOIA with the USDA on January 11, 2005 after learning that the Department of Education had paid pundit Armstrong Williams to promote the No Child Left Behind Act. The Freedom of Information Act requires federal agencies to respond to FOIA requests within 20 days, but in violation of the law, the USDA failed to respond to CREW’s request.