Kwoka v. IRS

Topic(s): 
Government Transparency - FOIA
Case Description: 

In early 2017, Margaret Kwoka, an Associate Professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law whose research focuses on government secrecy and federal agencies’ administration of FOIA, requested records from the IRS reflecting specific data regarding FOIA requests received by the IRS in Fiscal Year 2015. The IRS provided some responsive records to Professor Kwoka but withheld the names of third-party FOIA requesters within those records under exemptions 3 and 6. Public Citizen represents Professor Kwoka in this suit arguing that neither exemption applies to the withheld information.

Both Professor Kwoka and the IRS have filed motions for summary judgment, and summary judgment briefing was completed in December 2017.