Tag: President Obama
Editorial: S.E.C. Raises Barrier to Disclosure of Information
The Freedom of Information Act is supposed to make it easier for journalists and ordinary Americans to obtain documents and other information about how the federal government conducts its business. As such, it is one of the bedrocks of our democracy. “It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government,” boasts FOIA.gov, a website dedicated to the law.
Obama Administration Sued for Data on Sexual Misconduct by TSA Airport Screeners
Judicial Watch announced Thursday that is has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security to uncover reports of sexual misconduct by airport screeners.
The legal action is connected to a March FOIA request that asked DHS for information about passenger complaints about sexual harassment. While Judicial Watch agreed to narrow its request for information in March, TSA did not produce any documents at all, “or respond in any other substantive way as required by law.”
Watchdog group sues the “most transparent administration in history”
President Barack Obama’s White House has interfered with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests over the release of communications with a dozen federal agencies, according to a lawsuit filed on Monday by Cause of Action, a government watchdog organization.
Sunshine Week: U.S. citing security to censor more public records
From Naples News:
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government, led by the Pentagon and CIA, censored files that the public requested last year under the Freedom of Information Act more often than at any time since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press. The government frequently cited national security as the reason.
Has Obama kept his open government pledge?
After eight years of tightened access to government records under the Bush administration, open-government advocates were hopeful when Barack Obama promised greater transparency.
Second term open government agenda: Achieving greater transparency
The National Freedom of Information Coalition and a host of open government groups offered their support of a message to President Obama in an op-ed written by OpenTheGovernment.org’s executive director Patrice McDermott and published January 31 in The Hill.
"The administration has made progress toward proactively releasing more information online, including on such sites as data.gov, recovery.gov and USAspending.gov," the op-ed states. "But more yet can be done toward achieving transparency."
Watchdogs say Obama administration less transparent pre-election
President signs whistle-blower bill for U.S. workers
From The Associated Press:
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signed legislation Tuesday that affords greater protection to federal employees who expose fraud, waste and abuse in government operations.
The most transparent administration ever?
From Glenn Greenwald at Salon: