[govinfo] GovInfo News 8-17-2007

  • From: "Patrice McDermott" <pmcdermott@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <govinfo@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <FOI-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 16:18:34 -0400


Patrice McDermott, Director
OpenTheGovernment.org
www.openthegovernment.org
202.332.OPEN (6736)

- FEMA records public, court rules
By Melanie Payne
Aug *ust 15, 2007
The public's right to know triumphed over government secrecy Friday when the 
Federal Emergency Management Agency was ordered to make public the addresses of 
more than 600,000 households that received $1.2 billion in aid following the 
2004 hurricane season.    A three-judge panel of the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of 
Appeals ruled that the newspapers have a right to the addresses, but not the 
names, of recipients of disaster aid. more [The News-Press]
Link: Court ruling (66 page pdf)
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- DoD establishes FOIA Requester Service Centers
The Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office (DFOIPO) is responsible for 
the formulation and implementation of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) policy 
guidance for the Department of Defense (DoD) In accordance with the Executive 
Order, the DoD established FOIA Requester Service Centers and named 17 FOIA 
Chief Public Liaisons.  The FOIA Requester Service Centers are the first place 
that FOIA requesters should go to obtain information on the status of their 
requests. [thanks to beSpacific.com]  [This is a very useful and user-friendly 
set of sites. DoD should continue to enhance it with other required (under the 
E-FOIA Amendments of 1996) components, such as records locators/schedule 
information and a clearly-indicated index of major information systems]
Links: OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center Reading Rooms
       Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office
       DoD Component FOIA Requester Service Centers

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- Two Decades of American News Preferences, Part 1
by Michael J. Robinson
Released: August 15, 2007

"Although the size and scope of the American news media have changed 
dramatically since the 1980s, audience news interests and preferences have 
remained surprisingly static. Of the two major indices of interest that are the 
focus of this report -- overall level of interest in news and preferences for 
various types of news -- neither has changed very much. This has been 
especially true for news preferences; Americans continue to follow -- or to 
ignore -- the same types of stories now as they did two decades ago. News 
"tastes," measured among 19 separate categories of news, have barely shifted at 
all: Disaster News and Money News continue to be of greatest interest to the 
U.S. public; Tabloid News and Foreign News remain the least interesting." 
[thanks to beSpacific.com]

Link: Report (36 pages, PDF)
 

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