Description: Action to compel disclosure of records regarding the termination of the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment.
Center for Biological Diversity v. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 10/03/2017 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Center for Biological Diversity Filed Lawsuit Seeking Records on Termination of National Climate Assessment Advisory Committee. Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Commerce in the federal district court for the District of Columbia, seeking to compel the production of records “that would shed light on the recent and sudden termination of the ‘Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment.’” CBD alleged that the Committee was established after the charter for the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee expired in 2015 to support development of the National Climate Assessment pursuant to the Global Change Research Act. CBD sought records regarding the termination of the committee in August 2017, including information on who participated in the decisionmaking process, what factors were considered, and how the Committee’s unfinished work—including work in support of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which is due in 2018—would be completed.