More Transparency Articles

  • Watchdog group sues EPA for text messages from top officials

    A nonprofit watchdog group is suing the Environmental Protection Agency seeking text messages from top officials after the agency denied a Freedom of Information Act request for the records. The Competitive Enterprise Institute filed the FOIA request in December for messages sent to and from...

  • Scott Walker signs asbestos trust transparency bill

    MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) – Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker passed Assembly Bill 19 on Thursday, which requires plaintiffs to disclose claims they have filed or anticipate filing against asbestos trusts to prevent double-dipping and ensure solvency of the asbestos trust. Assembly Bill 19 was...

  • Judicial Watch sues HHS for documents on healthcare.gov security, hardship exemption

    Watchdog group Judicial Watch has sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for documents about Obamacare and healthcare.gov, after HHS denied two Freedom of Information Act requests the group filed for the documents.

  • FOIA exemptions provide ample cover for bureaucrats hiding agency secrets, transparency advocates say

    Black columns run vertically down 700 pages, devoid of any information about the federal workers who spent thousands of hours doing union work while on the government payroll. This is what the U.S. Department of Agriculture considers public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. In...

  • Shaming tight-lipped bureaucrats on Veterans Affairs issues could improve transparency, open government advocates say

    Shaming the Department of Veterans Affairs for its closed-mouthed tactics through a new congressional website is a unique tactic that will ratchet up pressure on all agencies to be more transparent, media and open government advocates say. Whether it works remains to be seen. The House...

  • Justices deny Del. court appeal over secrecy

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday effectively killed a Delaware law that allowed state judges to preside over secret arbitration in high-stakes business disputes. Lower courts had agreed with a Delaware open government group that the 2009 law allowing violated the...

  • Court: Give contractor records about cancellation

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana must give a fired contractor records about cancellation of its $200 million contract to process Medicaid claims, the state appeal court in Baton Rouge ruled in response to an open records request. The Jindal administration canceled Client Network Services...

  • AP photographer hits White House: 'Once we lose access, we'll never get it back'

    The Associated Press has stepped up its attack on White House efforts to block coverage of events involving President Obama, warning that once access is cut, “we'll never get it back.” In the latest media charge that the White House has reneged on promises to be “transparent,” two of...

  • Washington Examiner files lawsuit against CFPB for withholding renovation documents

    A federal lawsuit was filed today by the Washington Examiner seeking 335 pages of public documents withheld by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about its costly renovation of an office building near the White House. The Examiner filed a civil complaint against the CFPB under the...

  • Md. House approves criminal records shield bill

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Some nonviolent criminal records would be shielded from display on a state website, under a measure approved by the Maryland House of Delegates. The House voted 88-48 on Monday for the measure, which now goes to the Senate. The bill was significantly changed, however....

  • US cites security more to censor, deny records

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has a way to go to fulfill its promises from Day 1 to become the most transparent administration in history. More often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of...

  • Examiner Editorial: Transparency is vital all year, not just in Sunshine Week

    Sunday is James Madison’s birthday. He is justly known as the “Father of the Constitution” for his work in Philadelphia at the constitutional convention, as a co-author of The Federalist Papers, and for securing adoption of the Bill of Rights in the first Congress. But Madison is also...

  • Freedom of Information Act law 'terribly, terribly broken,' expert tells Senate panel

    Public frustration is growing over federal agencies' resistance to providing records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to journalists and open government advocates. "We have a weaker FOIA law than Uganda, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico and Russia," said David Cuillier, president of the...

  • Bill proposes confidentiality for Alaska Public Offices Commission complaints

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A House committee has advanced legislation that would keep confidential complaints made with the Alaska Public Offices Commission until or unless the commission determines a violation has occurred. Rep. Pete Higgins says your name is all you have and his bill, HB235, is...

  • Rep. Stephen Lynch calls for release of Sept. 11 documents

    The Massachusetts Democrat is joining with North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones to call attention to a resolution they filed urging the Obama administration to declassify 28 pages of a joint investigation by the House and Senate intelligence committees.



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