Sunday, June 26, 2011
Federal Agencies: As Transparent As They Wanna Be
How to Break an Information Bottleneck. (The New York Times, 6/26/2011)
Excerpt: But two and a half years after the president’s call for openness, only 49 of 90 federal agencies have reported making concrete changes to their FOIA procedures, according to a recent analysis by the National Security Archive at George Washington University, which collects and publishes declassified government documents. Long backlogs of requests for information, along with responses that take a year or more, are common.
“At this rate, it will be four years before the agencies do what the president asked them to do on Day One,” says Thomas S. Blanton, the director of the National Security Archive. “The challenge now is to focus on the agencies that are dragging their feet or actively resisting.”
Faster FOIA Act.