Friday, December 16, 2016

How Pro Publica obtained the government’s data on Agent Orange and birth defects

This is both unexpected and ingenius. After the VA denied its FOIA requests, Pro Publica portrayed the story idea as an academic project and submitted a research proposal to an IRB, making use of rules that allow scholars to request data for academic research. Once they had IRB approval for an academic project, the VA said yes.

Here are the stories that resulted.

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