Monday, December 10, 2012

FOIA -"Transparency" not so

A review of nearly 100 federal agencies and departments found that most had not updated their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations and processes to comply with either Obama's presidential promise or a 2007 law.
  The latest study of FOIA compliance by a public advocacy group (National Security Archive) found that 62 (of 99) federal organizations have complied with Obama's 2009 presidential  promise (as set out in a Justice Department memo).  In addition, 56 of the federal bodies had failed to comply with the "OPEN Government Act of 2007."  One, the Federal Trade Commission, has not updated its FOIA compliance regulations since 1975.  The advocacy group blamed the failure by both the White House and Congress "to find a way to compel recalcitrant agencies to comply with FOIA,"

  Regrettably, this is part of a federal trend of failing to comply with either the letter or the spirit of laws deemed "inconvenient." And just as troubling is the general failure of news organizations to notice or care (unless its their FOIA request at stake).

Source -  Survey finds most agencies ignore FOIA update ordersWashington Examiner

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