Very simply, folks, the Office of the USTR is not a sinister, secret agency; the USTR and his staff are a part of the Executive Office of the President. President Obama is his boss, and that's that. Since the Executive and the Legislative branches have separate powers, Congress can ask, but doesn't have the right to get the answers it wants (at least without some fancy new lawmaking).
We should pressure PRESIDENT OBAMA this election season, and have him direct the USTR to be more accomodating to the People (or at least their Representatives) when they ask what's going on. ASK Obama why he's being so, well, REPUBLICAN about this whole thing by his inaction. Make the President stand for Netizens' right to know.