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IRAP v. DHS: Improving agency transparency around electronic records

In November 2021, IRAP sued the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the State Department to challenge the agencies’ disregard for the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”). This lawsuit challenges the agencies’ failure to publish information about how they collect, store, and access information, in violation of the FOIA’s decades-old “Infosystems Requirement.”

IRAP seeks to compel DHS and the State Department to publish an index and descriptions of their major information systems online, so that FOIA requestors can better understand what information agencies have and how to ask for that information. IRAP also seeks records explaining how USCIS and the State Department process FOIA requests, so that IRAP and other advocates can use the FOIA more effectively.