“On his first full day in office,” report Bloomberg’s Jim Snyder and Danielle Ivory, “President Barack Obama ordered federal officials to “usher in a new era of open government” and “act promptly” to make information public.”
Yet, their article headlines that his cabinet has flunked this test with 19 of 20 ignoring the law:
Nineteen of 20 cabinet-level agencies disobeyed the law requiring the disclosure of public information: The cost of travel by top officials. In all, just eight of the 57 federal agencies met Bloomberg’s request for those documents within the 20-day window required by the Act.
“When it comes to implementation of Obama’s wonderful transparency policy goals, especially FOIA policy in particular, there has been far more ‘talk the talk’ rather than ‘walk the walk,’” said Daniel Metcalfe, director of the Department of Justice’s office monitoring the government’s compliance with FOIA requests from 1981 to 2007.
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Even agency heads who publicly announce their events — including Holder, Secretary of StateHillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius — didn’t provide the costs of their out-of-town trips more than three months after the initial request.
Yet another example of the administration’s failure to realize the high ideals set by Barack Obama in his campaign. And another example of the failure of his appointees to report their operations in accordance with the law.
Wonder why this story isn’t generating more coverage in the legacy media.