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Golden Padlock, IRE’s annual award recognizing the most secretive government agency in the United States.is the deadline to nominate an agency for the
Nominations should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org including the name of the government department or individual along with reasons and/or media coverage detailing the intransigence. Entries must be submitted to IRE by .
Last year’s inaugural Golden Padlock winner was the U.S. Border Patrol for refusing to make public the details of use-of-force incidents involving its agents. Despite a string of fatal incidents in which Mexicans have been shot and killed by agents along the Southwest border, the country’s largest law-enforcement agency routinely refused to disclose the names of agents involved and repeatedly stonewalled FOIA requests on the incidents.
Governments at all levels — from local to federal — are eligible for the award. A list of finalists will be announced in June and the award will be handed out at IRE’s national conference.
The winner will be invited to attend the award ceremony. This year’s conference isin San Francisco.