A legal watchdog group filed suit against the State Department April 26 in an effort to compel the release of materials related to the potential recruitment of U.S. diplomats through two Muslim-American groups purported to have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorist groups.
The Supreme Court unanimously upheld Virginia’s public records law Monday, which limits access to public records to state residents—a ruling that came as little surprise to legal experts but has government watchdogs worried.
The Justice Department has won the dubious Rosemary Award for the second year in a row, an award that honors the federal agency with the “worst open government performance” of 2012.
Lawmakers and government transparency experts criticized the Obama administration’s openness at a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Wednesday morning.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders unveiled a bill Tuesday they say will strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D., Md.), ranking member, released a draft discussion version of the bill.
The Justice Department plans to celebrate the government’s “significant improvements” in administering the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) even though a majority of federal agencies, including the Justice Department itself, have ignored the Obama administration’s transparency guidelines.
Yet another top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official used a personal email address to conduct government business, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosures reveal.
The two top legislators on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are demanding to know why federal agencies have failed to improve their transparency regulations.
Treasury Department officials argued in court Monday that a conservative think tank is not entitled to more than 7,000 agency emails concerning a potential carbon tax, a move Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) called duplicitous and insulting.