Transparency

Clear As Mud: Obama Administration’s Seven Failing Grades for Transparency

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By Daniel Lathrop

Following a nonpartisan study, Texas lawmakers from both political parties are calling on the Obama administration to provide the public with better access to information collected by the federal government.

Center for Effective Government 2014 FOIA Report Card

A report Monday by the liberal Center for Effective Government found that only four of the 15 federal agencies that receive the most requests for public information deserved a “B,” none deserved an “A” and most [Seven] of the reset flunked.

“The American people deserve openness and accountability from their government. The [group’s] report reveals that the Obama Administration, despite all of its promises, is not transparent and that big, bloated government is inefficient and unresponsive,” said U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, in an emailed statement.

Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, said the report shows that federal agencies are not doing their job. He urged the U.S. Senate to pass Freedom of Information Act reforms that the House approved unanimously last month.

Read more: Dallas News

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