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.
Dan Epstein, Cause of Action’s Executive Director, comments on how President Obama has abused his power.
The IRS is withholding FOIA documents requested by The Hill that target conservative groups.
The Obama administration is refusing to release more than 500 documents to The Hill concerning the IRS targeting scandal.