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CREW: Department of Defense: Regarding Ethics Opinions Database

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Navy Personnel Command and Bureau of Naval Personnel, U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters, Air Force Personnel Operations Agency, and the Department of Defense. CREW made these requests for documents to determine which generals and admirals have retired from the military and then taken jobs in the private sector as part of the “revolving door” phenomenon. CREW filed suit in the District Court for the District of Columbia against the Department of Defense ("DOD"). CREW’s lawsuit, brought under the FOIA, was based on DOD's refusal to release any documents in its database of ethics opinions concerning post-employment ethics letters written by DOD ethics officers for senior DOD acquisition officials.