HHS sued over records on national stockpile handling, supply distribution — 4 things to know

ProPublica sued HHS over the agency's alleged failure to readily release records about the federal government's stockpile of medical supplies.

Four things to know:

1. ProPublica filed a lawsuit May 28 alleging that the delay violates the Freedom of Information Act.

2. The nonprofit news organization said it filed seven FOIA requests pertaining to the Strategic National Stockpile in March and April and requested that HHS expedite the release of those records.

3. HHS declined to expedite processing for one of the FOIA requests and hasn't clarified the status of the other six, according to ProPublica.

4. ProPublica is seeking records that include memos by officials overseeing distribution of stockpile materials, states' requests for supplies from the stockpile, and HHS officials' calendars and call logs.

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