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Obama’s Administration Less Transparent In 2010, AP Reports

March 28, 2011 by  

A recent analysis by The Associated Press (AP) reveals that President Barack Obama's administration has not followed through on his promise to create a more transparent Federal government.

The report stated that citizens, journalists and companies requested information 544,360 times under the United States Freedom of Information Act last year, which was up about 41,000 from the previous year. However, the government responded to nearly 12,400 fewer requests than it did in 2009.

This data is based on requests that were filed with 35 of the government's largest agencies. The AP found that nearly half the agencies took longer to provide records in 2010 than they did the previous year. In some cases, the average response time to requests was several weeks longer than in 2009.

These trends contradict Obama's campaign promise in 2008, when he called on the Federal government to disclose more information rapidly.

"Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing," Obama said when he took office, quoted by the AP.

The news provider's report was released on March 14 in conjunction with Sunshine Week, a national initiative that promotes an open dialogue about a transparent government and freedom of information.

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