Policy: Budgets & Deficits

Cause of Action asks court to order release of financial crisis panel documents

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Finance and Banking,2008 Financial Crisis,Kelly Cohen,Cause of Action,Accountability,Budgets and Deficits,FOIA

Cause of Action is not giving up on getting answers about the federal Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission.

A nonprofit government accountability group, Cause of Action filed an appeal in October of a decision by the National Archives and Records Administration to withhold its records about the commission.

The records are now held at the National Archives.

However, just two weeks ago, the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group filed a friend-of-the-court brief in support of NARA's effort to prevent the information from being released.

According to CoA, BLAG consists of five leadership members of the U.S. House of Representatives and has only been employed once during President Obama's time in office.

On Wednesday, CoA filed a reply brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia, arguing the Freedom of Information Act is critical to enabling citizens to "know what their government is up to."

"‘The most transparent administration in American history’ does not believe that the public has a right to know just what caused our nation’s most significant financial crisis since the Great Depression," said Dan Epstein, CofA's executive director.

View the full reply brief below.

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