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ID:

409

Date:

2009-04-27

Headline:

NY Fed Releases Geithner's Schedule

Reporter's name:

Clint Hendler

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Columbia Journalism Review

City:

New York, NY

Summary:

Although the Federal Reserve's banks are not subject to FOIA, the New York Times cited FOIA to obtain the 2007-09 schedule of then-New York Federal Reserve Bank president Timothy Geithner, which informed a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/27/business/27geithner.html">5,000 word article</a> about the new Treasury Secretary's interaction with Wall Street's financial and media entities.

Notes:

The New York Federal Reserve Bank, like other U.S. Federal Reserve Bank branches, has long contended that it is not subject to FOIA. However, the bank(s) may respond to a FOIA request "under provisions in their 'operating bulletin,' an internal set of regulations that govern the bank's operations." In this case, the New York branch responded in six weeks, without redacting any information, though the bank also pointedly described itself as "not subject to FOIA" but that it "attempts to comply with the spirit of FOIA when responding to requests such as yours." The bank also provided a copy of the operating bulletin, which sets out its characteristics as a private corporation, and an anonymous bank official said the bank is "very careful to call it a 'disclosure of information' policy...[rather than] a freedom of information policy."

Keywords:

New York Times, Federal Reserve, New York, Timothy Geithner, schedule, Treasury

URL:

http://www.cjr.org/campaign_desk/ny_fed_releases_geithners_sche.php


Agencies:

FRB
TREAS

States:

NY

Categories:

business


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