Issa: Obama’s Transparency ‘More Politicized’

Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 11:27 AM

By Dan Weil

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Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released a report Wednesday criticizing political appointees in the Obama administration for holding back on the release of public information, The Hill reports.

issa, obama, transparency“Political appointees do not have a right to stop or delay releases of information through FOIA [the Freedom of Information Act] because they find them embarrassing, inconvenient, or politically sensitive,” Issa said in a statement. “There is no place for this kind of interference in a process designed to create transparency and accountability in government.”

The Obama administration’s handling of FOIA has been “less transparent and more politicized” than it was under President George W. Bush, the report says.


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