Below are links to Cuba Money Project FOIA appeals filed with USAID
FOIA appeal 1
FOIA request: Proposals submitted to USAID in response to the agency’s May 2008 solicitation connected to the Cuba Democracy and Contingency Planning Program, which was “expressly designed to hasten Cuba’s peaceful transition to a democratic society.” In July 2011, USAID withheld the proposals in their entirety. I appealed, saying that USAID did not provide sufficient justification for keeping the information secret.
FOIA appeal 2
FOIA request: Applications submitted to USAID in response to June 2010 Request for Applications for a $2 million civil society program entitled “Creating Networks and Empowering Communities (CNECT).” In October 2011, the agency released heavily redacted materials that provide little insight into the CNECT program. Even the name of the winning contractor was redacted. USAID said a fuller disclosure would jeopardize USAID programs worldwide. In my appeal, I argue that secrecy is more harmful than transparency.
FOIA appeal 3
FOIA request: All reports and audits that the DMP Group produced for USAID at a cost to taxpayers of at least $1.47 million. USAID hired DMP to audit the agency’s Cuba programs. The agency released a 10-page heavily redacted report that contained few details, citing trade secrets and privacy exemptions. My view: Failing to disclose the audit is a flagrant abuse of the public trust.
FOIA appeal 4
FOIA request: Various contracts between USAID and Freedom House. USAID said the records have been destroyed. I appealed, arguing that the agency did not provide a sufficient explanation for its response. In my appeal, I argued that USAID must provide evidence that the requested documents were destroyed properly, and that the destruction of the documents did not take place after the FOIA request.
FOIA appeal 5
FOIA request: Contracts awarded to Freedom House in connection with the New Media Initiatives in Cuba program. USAID released heavily redacted documents in April 2012. The project proposal was withheld in its entirety. My position is that USAID is misused privacy and trade secret exemptions to improperly shield the documents from public view.
FOIA appeal 6
FOIA request: Contracts awarded to Freedom House in connection with a program called “Alternative Methods to Increase Information and Assistance in Cuba.” USAID released heavily redacted documents in August 2012. The project proposal was withheld in its entirety. My position is that USAID is misused privacy and trade secret exemptions to improperly shield the documents from public view.