Charles Koch Institute Applauds Freedom of Information ‘Accountability Engine,’ Cites Immigration Data as Proof of Importance

As part of years of work requesting and organizing the findings of millions of public records requests, scholars at Syracuse’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) discovered immigrants now wait an average of 727 days for decisions on their cases. News reports today reveal that these wait times are roughly twice as long as two decades ago. While these findings may help inform discussions around immigration policy, they also demonstrate the power of open government efforts. Charles Koch Institute Director of Free Expression Sarah Ruger released the following statement:

For data-driven solutions to our country’s most pressing challenges, you first need … well, data. Many don’t consider FOIA a glamorous topic, which makes the rigorous work done by Syracuse’s TRAC and other open government scholars all the more important. Tools like Syracuse’s ‘accountability engine’ give journalists, researchers, and citizens greater insight into the workings of government and empower individuals to more easily engage on the issues they care about.

The Charles Koch Foundation’s support of Syracuse’s initiative is one of many grants expanding work that explores the role of government transparency in an open society. These include educational opportunities, legal scholarship, and new and innovative programs.

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Letter from Charles Koch Foundation and Charles Koch Institute on COVID-19 Pandemic

Today we stand together with everyone in this country and around the world to do all we can to support one another and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic

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The Charles Koch Institute’s Statement on the Afghanistan Agreement

Following the signing on Saturday of an agreement between the United States and the Taliban, Dr. William Ruger, Afghanistan veteran and vice president of research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute, issued the following statement...

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02-27-2020 02:56pm

Gift to RAND Corporation to Open Exchange of Ideas around Grand Strategy

Charles Koch Institute invests in the RAND Corporation to research how we can pursue a better way forward for America on the global stage.

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