FOIA Santa Comes Early to Sunlight!

A picture of flash drives we received as a result of a FOIA request.

Photo: Tiina Knuutila/Sunlight Foundation

Recently, Sunlight filed our first FOIA lawsuit against the GSA to get 14 years of data from FedBizOpps. The lawsuit came after months of unresponsiveness from the agency. Just one day after we filed suit, GSA hand delivered the fulfilled request to our office — with an exception. They withheld the name and contact information of the contracting officers from DoD and DHS, citing FOIA exemption 5 U.S.C S 552(b)(6), an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. We were perplexed, since this information is public on, just not in aggregate. We announced our intent to pursue this data in the course of our lawsuit. Imagine my surprise when I received an updated response from GSA, complete with all the contact information!

So, as an early present to all of you, here are the unredacted files we received from GSA:

Please note that these files are ~300MB compressed and much larger uncompressed. Most files exceed the max rows for opening in Excel.

Happy Holidays everyone!