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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. I was the one who made the FOIA request and on March 29, I filed a complaint against the NIH in federal court to force them to comply.
In response to the federal complaint, the NIH provided a letter indicating the URL where the requested records could be found. The NIH then contacted me and asked for the complaint to be dropped. I refused their request to drop the complaint.
The NIH then asked the court to hold a conference call “in order to discuss whether the NIH’s response has mooted out this case.” That request was on Friday, May 7. I argued there was no need for a conference call in a letter to the court. On Monday, May 10 the court responded:
“The Governments request for a conference and stay time to respond …..is DENIED, the Government shall respond to the complaint on or before 30 June 2021; notice mailed. So Ordered by Judge Brian R. Martinotti on 5/10/2021.”
The FOIA request was made to unders...
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