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 @ 7:31am

    "Mr. President won't/can't even produce a legitimate birth certificate to stop the "he's not a citizen rhetoric" - and they talk about transparency. What a laugh."

    Ugh, I'm all for a good conspiracy theory, but I hate that one. It's been dealt with so thoroughly that I can't even believe people are still talking about it.

    Again, I don't mean to criticize too harshly; I'm into well thought out conspiracy theories. But that one is a total non-starter to me....

    We are talking about transparency here. All other issues aside.. it's very un-transparent.

    Isn't that much obvious from the rhetoric is started up? What was the big deal about that anyway? The big deal was the LACK of transparency, nothing else.

    It was evident day one, anyone who expected anything else was fooling them self.

    I like the name calling too :) We need a 'jingle word' for name calling trolls.

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