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The Most Transparent Administration in History

The Obama administration recently celebrated Sunshine Week, during which watchdogs push for government transparency, by choosing National Freedom of Information Day to delete a regulation. Which regulation? The one that said the White House Office of Administration was subject to the Freedom of Information Act, which empowers citizens to request government information. The office had been rejecting information requests for years anyway: Under the Bush administration, the White House declared that the Office of Administration was outside the FOIA’s jurisdiction; a court agreed and said that meant the public couldn’t access White House e-mails under the FOIA. (AC/USA Today) ...I thought if you weren’t doing anything wrong, you didn’t need to hide your data.
Original Publication Date: 22 March 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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