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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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Mar 2011 @ 7:23am

    Re: Type of requests...

    i'm all for conspiracy theories, but in all honesty, even i've become disillusioned by this administration and i voted for him. i have no clue who i'm supposed to vote for at the next election. the republicans want to kill anything that would give funding towards any sort of science or education and this administration is... well... i don't even know how to classify it. it may unfortunately still be less bad than the republicans, but that's a terrible reason to vote for someone.

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