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Utah’s Chaffetz critical of FOIA backlog accumulating despite Obama pledge of transparency

Washington • Federal agencies are struggling to keep up with the growing number of requests for public information, raising questions in Congress about the Obama administration's dedication to transparency.

The backlog of unfulfilled requests for documents has doubled since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, according to a recent report by the Justice Department.

"The president has committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government," said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "But that's not the case" in filling requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

 

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