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Most government agencies will cough up only what they absolutely have to when answering requests under the Freedom of Information Act. The Post recently asked D.C. schools for e-mails and other documents on absenteeism and truancy. Here's a sample of what came back:

From: Poles, Raymond (SAIC)
Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 8:15 PM
To: Shastry, Seju (OIT)
Cc: Ferguson, Chad (OOC)
Importance: High

Good Evening:

Thanking you in advance,

Ray Poles

Bill Turque

By Marcia Davis  |  August 18, 2008; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  Bill Turque , Education  
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Posted by: Anonymous | August 18, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Word around town is that Grayce Wiggins, the city's Rent Administrator, was fired last week.

Is there some point when this news is going to merit even a paragraph in the WaPo website?

Hey, folks, you got some big news here!

Posted by: anon | August 19, 2008 6:11 AM | Report abuse

I have seen the results of a FOIA recently. It is laughable that whole pages of blacked-out redacted material are responsive to requests from the public of its government.

Only the public portion of emails are considered "public". Anything that is intergovernmental is considered to be non-responsive, which defeats the entire purpose of FOIA.

That in itself is a story that should be covered, and a law that should be changed, retroactively to include internal communications.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 6:58 AM | Report abuse

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