Watchdog Sues CPSC For FOIA’d Buckyballs Docs

Group decries administration secrecy surrounding legally suspect prosecution
AP

A government watchdog group filed a lawsuit against the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Tuesday to force the commission to release documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

VA Hides Names of Hospitals Where Vets Died From Delays

FOIA experts say docs wrongly withheld
A Marine Corps honor guard watches as a caisson carrying casket

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) blocked the release of the names of hospitals where 19 veterans died because of delays in medical screenings, leading to calls for transparency from news outlets and a bipartisan group of Capitol Hill lawmakers.

Transparency Failure

Half of fed agencies not complying with FOIA law
AP

Nearly half of all federal agencies have not updated their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations since President Barack Obama took office, despite pledges by the president and Attorney General Eric Holder to modernize and improve government transparency efforts.

Report: Agencies Failing at FOIA

Half of federal agencies have failed to meet transparency obligations
Attorney General Eric Holder / AP

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.

CIA Sued for Mandela Records

FOIA activist seeking CIA’s files on South African leader
The late South African President Nelson Mandela / AP

A transparency advocate is suing the Central Intelligence Agency to obtain the agency’s files on Nelson Mandela, the late South African anti-Apartheid activist and Nobel Prize laureate.

GOP FOIAs Number of Obamacare Enrollees

White House has thus far refused to release enrollment information
AP

The National Republican Committee filed a Freedom of Information Act request Monday seeking the number of Americans who have enrolled in health care through the Obamacare website since the program was rolled out on Oct. 1.

Journalists: Obama the Worst Since Nixon

Report says ‘control-freak’ Obama administration is chilling journalism
AP

The Obama administration’s hostility toward media and efforts to crack down on whistleblowers and leakers has created “a tremendous chilling effect” on substantive reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists and veteran reporters said Thursday.

White House Visitor Logs Not public, Judge Rules

Watchdog: Decision leaves public in the dark
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White House visitor logs are not subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a federal judge ruled Friday, blocking the public from reviewing the records.