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CDC Forgets to Redact FOIA Emails Suggesting  COVID Vaccine/Testing Requirements for Students

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) appeared to forget to redact an email showing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official calling for COVID-19 vaccine and/or testing requirements for students, according to emails obtained by the Freedom Foundation and shared with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The National Education Association (NEA) sent an embargoed statement to officials within the White House, HHS and the Department of Education (DOE) on Aug. 12, 2021, supporting COVID-19 testing and vaccine requirements for educators in the U.S., according to emails from a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request obtained by the Freedom Foundation and shared with the DCNF. The statement was then forwarded to Debra Lubar, the CDC director for the Office of Policy, Performance and Evaluation, who said that she “wish[ed] they’d say it for students.”

Disturbingly, CDC officials tried to redact Lubar’s comments, but accidentally neglected to do so before producing the emails to the Freedom Foundation. Redacting text using Adobe software, which the CDC appeared to use, is a two-step process: (1) Highlighting the text to be redacted; and, (2) applying the redaction. Unapplied redactions are highlighted, but the text remains visible.

In this case, Lubar’s, “Wish they’d say it for students!” comment was highlighted for redaction, but the redaction was not applied.

Full report by the Freedom Foundation is here.

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