OBAMA SET RECORDS FOR OUTRIGHT DENIAL ACCESS TO FILES AND FED WOKERS REFUSE TO RELEASE PUBLIC INFO, SPENT $36 MILLION IN 2016 ALONE TO HIDE RECORDS
The ‘transparent’ Obama administration spent a record $36.2 million in taxpayer money in its final year to cover legal costs to hide documents from the press. It ‘set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files that were requested.’ It also ‘set records for outright denial of access to files.’
Washington Times: via AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files that were requested.
And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees.