Transparency suffers when high-ranking government officials use personal email to conduct official business.
TechDirt – Lawsuit Filed After Export-Import Bank Official Swears He ‘Accidentally’ Deleted All Of His Responsive Text Messages
CoA sought text messages sent or received by top officials during the period of days between November 2, 2014 and November 8, 2014.
Daily Signal – Top Export-Import Bank Official Deletes Text Messages Sent During 2014 Midterm Elections
CoA has learned a top-ranking official at the Export-Import Bank deleted text messages sent during the 2014 midterm elections.
A top official at a controversial U.S. export finance agency deleted text messages sent within days of the 2014 midterm elections after a watchdog group filed an open records request for the messages.
Cause of Action Launches Investigation Into The Justice Department’s Settlements With Large Financial Firms
Cause of Action filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking clarity from the Justice Department on its legal authority to enter into financial settlements and arbitrarily allocate settlement funds.
At the Treasury Department, the memo came down from the deputy executive secretary, Wally Adeyemo, in December of 2009. Going forward, the memo stated, “sensitive information” requested under the Freedom of Information Act was to be reviewed not only by career FOIA officials but also by a committee of political appointees, including Adeyemo and representatives from the public-affairs, legislative-affairs, and general counsel’s office, before release.
Internal State Department documents from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state have slowly made their way to the public through the Freedom of Information Act as Congress fights to reform what many see as a broken transparency law.
The FTC lobbied former Senator Jay Rockefeller to hold up Freedom Of Information Act reform legislation late last year.
Dan Epstein, Cause of Action’s Executive Director, makes the Washington Examiner’s “New Voices for 2015” list.
The Office of Special Counsel needs to hold government officials accountable.