Our democracy is much stronger when watchdogs have access to agency records to expose mismanagement, ineptitude, and abuse of power. Kudos to advocates and lawmakers who persisted in making improvements to FOIA.
“Too many oil and gas industry workers are being hurt or killed on the job,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, David Michaels in remarks delivered to the more than 2,000 people who gathered last week in Houston for the 2014 OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference. As part […]
For 17 years, Salvadora Roman deboned chickens on the processing line at Wayne Farms in Decatur, Alabama. Because of the repetitive movement and speed of the processing line, Roman developed a chronic and painful hand injury that affects her ability to do even the most basic household chores. About three years ago, she was fired from the plant for taking time off work to visit a doctor for the injury she sustained on the line.
OSHA’s recently released proposed rule on silica gives us a good opportunity to see if President Obama’s new regulatory czar will keep his promise for transparency in the rulemaking process.
President Johnson may not have intended to sign the Freedom of Information Act on Independence Day, but July 4th is a fitting birthday for a law that helps citizens know what their government is doing and hold it accountable. (Re-post)
Now that the Presidential election is over, it’s time for the Labor Department to kick into high gear expand workers’ rights and ensuring workers’ lives and health are protected. Here’s my wish list of tasks for the Labor Department to accomplish in the next 6 months:
I’ve often suspected that some federal agencies apply very broad definitionsÂ to the exemptionsÂ provided under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).Â Now,Â thanks to one diligent journalist I can judge for myself whether the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is an offender.Â Ellen Smith of Mine Safety and Health News requested records from MSHA and the […]
Of the many disturbing and damaging policies instituted during the G.W. Bush Administration, high on my list is abuse of FOIA.Â It started with the post 9/11-Ashcroft memo, which was institutionalized intoÂ downstream agencies, and reconfigured and rejustified over Mr. Bush’sÂ remaining 7 years.Â Â In the public interests,Â oneÂ journalist sought to find out howÂ the Labor Department’sÂ FOIA practices were “evolving” […]