Watchdog Sues CPSC For FOIA’d Buckyballs Docs

Group decries administration secrecy surrounding legally suspect prosecution
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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.

DOE Contractor’s Husband Bills Taxpayers for Opera Visit

Contractor failed to disclose conflict of interest as spouse won DOE contract
A performance at the Santa Fe Opera / AP

The Department of Energy awarded a sole-source contract to a senior DOE official’s husband, who did not disclose the conflict of interest and billed taxpayers for time spent at the opera, according to agency watchdogs.

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.

Report: White House Review Hindering FOIA Releases

Cause of Action finds White House reviews resulting in significant FOIA delays
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The White House is aggressively monitoring and reviewing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disclosures, causing significant delays in some cases, a study by the watchdog group Cause of Action found.

FOIA documents obtained by Cause of Action show White House reviews delayed responses to investigative journalists, watchdog groups, and even congressional investigations.

Transparency Failure

Half of fed agencies not complying with FOIA law
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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.