Department of Defense office manages to find a new fax machine to accept FOIA requests

The Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has managed to replace the broken fax machine on which it receives requests for public information after a staffer claimed the agency needed up to six weeks to buy a new one. The repair comes after a blog brought attention to the excuse that the agency could not purchase a new fax machine “until the start of the new fiscal year (at the earliest),” making it harder for reporters and taxpayers to get government documents.

MuckRock, a service that enables anyone to easily submit public records requests under the press-friendly Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), discovered that the agency’s fax number was working again today. “While the office remains impervious to emailed FOIA requests, we the…

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