Transparency Watch

A FOIA Victory for Sunlight and Spending Transparency

Earlier this week, the Sunlight Foundation filed its very first Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. In May 2013, they sent a FOIA request to the General Services Administration (GSA) requesting a copy of all contract notices that had been posted on since 2000. These notices would allow members of the press, researchers and our developers to analyze government spending patterns, to look for inaccuracies, corruption and waste.

Just two days after the filing of Sunlight’s first lawsuit, and after more than five months of agency recalcitrance, they received the documents they sued for under the Freedom of Information Act. These documents include more than a decade's worth of solicitation and award notices from, and they made them available to the public for downloading below.

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