GAO: Government Needs To Fix Transparency Flaws


It is no secret that the Administration of Barack Obama has a disgraceful transparency record, despite all of the President’s “most transparent Administration in history” rhetoric. And a Government Accountability Office report last week concluded that the government’s agency for monitoring Federal compliance with public records law needs to be reworked.

The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) put into place by Congress four years ago should work harder to vet agencies’ compliance with current public records law and changes to regulations related to public records.

“While OGIS has suggested improvements to a number of those regulations and notices, it has not performed the reviews of regulations and notices in a proactive, comprehensive manner, and has not conducted any reviews of agencies’ compliance with the law,” the GAO said. “In addition, since it was established 4 years ago, the office has not developed a methodology for conducting reviews of agencies’ FOIA policies and procedures, or for compliance with [Freedom of Information Act] requirements.”

The nonpartisan group Cause of Action made a similar point in March. The group tested government transparency by submitting Freedom of Information Act requests to 16 different Federal agencies in April 2012 concerning spending on promotional items between January 2009 and April 2012. The organization then kept a log of which agencies complied and which did not, determining that the Obama-led government scored only a “C-” in terms of FOIA compliance.

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  • Warrior

    Wait, wait, wait. I’ve got the answer. Hold on. It’s right on the tip of my tongue……………………………We need to RAISE TAXES!

  • Paul

    Thank you, I needed a good laugh. Government transparent? That is hilarious :)! If they were transparent, we’d have a revolution against our government in about 10 seconds flat! I am still waiting to find out what happened to the trillion $ the Pentagon could not account for.

    • Robert Messmer

      And the official line is……..We is the government and it hurts our feelings when you think we should be able to account for every little trillion dollars or so.

  • Vigilant

    Indeed a good laugh! Can anyone here remember the last time anyone in government paid attention to GAO reports?

  • Robert Messmer

    So i’m thinking that since they have failed to do the job they were supposed to do, we are owed a refund on all income and perks they have received.