Does the State Department obstruct valid requests for public records?
That’s what House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is trying to find out with a new probe of the department’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program under Secretary John Kerry, former Secretary Hillary Clinton and three of their predecessors.
Citing an increase in FOIA-related litigation, Chaffetz asked the State Department to produce information about how the Office of the Secretary handles records requests.
The office was criticized for a lack of compliance with FOIA rules in a Jan. 7 inspector general’s report. Continue...