An article by Politico’s Josh Gersten today raises questions about the White House’s characterization of itself as the openness administration.
The article notes:
- The Obama administration may be the worst in terms of stonewalling information requests made through Freedom of Information Act filings, and the White House is resisting efforts to expedite responses to the requests. According to the article: “Administration lawyers are aggressively fighting FOIA requests at the agency level and in court — sometimes on Obama’s direct orders. They’ve also wielded anti-transparency arguments even bolder than those asserted by the Bush administration.”
- Agencies are throwing up hurdles like fees in the paths of those seeking information.
- The administration is aggressively prosecuting whistleblowers and alleged leakers.
And don’t expect anything to improve during an election year.