For All The Promises Of Transparency, Obama Administration Responding To Fewer FOIA Requests

from the but-of-course dept

One of the first moves that President Obama made upon taking office was to tell federal agencies to default to "allow" when it came to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and only deny in specific situations. It looks like that's not really happening. A new report points out that while the number of FOIA requests shot up last year, the government actually responded to many fewer of those requests. More than one-third of requests were refused. That's not the transparency we expected.

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    Overcast (profile), 16 Mar 2011 @ 6:59am

    While it would be nice to have all requests handled immediately, the quantity of records to be searched and reviewed and the limited number of persons currently available to do so may very well be stretching the system at this time to its limits.

    But they took the time and effort to push for the conversion of medical records to electronic - why not government records?

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