The U.S. Air Force has reversed an earlier decision to pay a San Antonio law school one million dollars to study ways to limit the Freedom of Information Act. USA Today reported the story in early July (here) and the decision was quickly criticized by the Detroit Free Press. Now the Air Force reports that the study was not so much research as it was a policy recommendation, and has withdrawn funding for the study.
Unfortunately, the project has already been blessed by Congress, and there is some chance it will continue. The Federation of American Scientists blog has a full story here.
Because it compels the federal government to disclose its actions, some regard the Freedom of Information Act to be our most important environmental law concerning federal lands. Like no other law, the FOIA keeps our land-management agencies honest.