Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Government is Blotting Out Sunshine Laws

Lack of transparency hurts democracy. And the current administration has been running rough-shod over the Freedom of Information Act. Its backlog of unanswered requests at year’s end grew remarkably by 55 percent to more than 200,000. It also cut by 375, or about 9 percent, the number of full-time employees across government paid to look for records. That was the fewest number of employees working on the issue in five years.

The Freedom of Information Act is supposed to deliver on the idea of a government “for and by the people,” whose documents are our documents. The ability to get information from the government is essential to holding the people in power accountable.

Read more about the lack of responsiveness with FOIA requests, at the Washington Post...

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