Half of the federal agencies handling the bulk of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are failing at their transparency obligations, a government watchdog group reported Monday.
Top members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said a lobbyist attempted to stop them from questioning a witness Tuesday.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, believes the investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative nonprofits is done and his efforts to halt the investigation are drawing attention away from evidence, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Lawmakers began the public debate Sunday on the NSA surveillance programs, staking out positions on whether the data monitoring programs are an overreach of power or a necessary protection, or somewhere in between.
One of the nation’s most powerful Democrats has joined Republicans in demanding that President Barack Obama’s labor nominee Tom Perez comply with an Oversight Committee investigation into allegations that he dodged transparency laws.