The White House held a workshop on how to handle the administrations obligations to the Freedom of Information Act. The workshop was held in complete secrecy.
How many better ways are there to resolve questions about handling requests under the federal Freedom of Information Act under an Obama administration dedicated to transparency than having the discussions in secret?
That’s according to a report today from Judicial Watch, the Washington-based organization that tracks down, reports on and prosecutes government corruption.
The organization is reporting that it has obtained documents revealing how the Obama White House decided to prevent reporters from attending a FOIA training workshop conducted by the Office of Information Policy in the U.S. Department of Justice.
The organization filed a request for details about the seminar on Dec. 7, 2009, which was the same day the workshop was held.
“There is a scandalously wide gap between Barack Obama’s rhetoric on transparency and the secretive policies of his administration,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “These documents suggest that it is the Obama White House that is directly responsible for this unprecedented lack of transparency.
“Only in Washington would political appointees think it appropriate to keep secret a government workshop on transparency. And only in Washington would a politician promote his efforts on transparency while simultaneously taking steps to keep the American people in the dark about their government,” he said.