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Washington Times
December 24, 2012

Court filings surge in FOIA cases during Obama years Records actions rebut promise of openness
By Dave Boyer

A study has found that more federal court complaints were filed during the first term of the Obama administration to force the government to abide by the Freedom of Information Act than were filed against the administration of President George W. Bush in his second term. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University said the FOIA filings in the last two years of Mr. Bush’s second term and the last two years of Mr. Obama’s first term showed a jump of 28 percent — from 562 to 720. Overall, there has been a 6 percent increase in these court cases from the Republican’s second term to the first term of Mr. Obama, who took office pledging to create the most transparent administration ever. “Partly because President Obama has, since his first few days in office, made sweeping promises about his administration’s support for open government, the somewhat surprising increase in FOIA filings — especially in the last two years — adds credence to the criticism of some activists about the Obama administration’s actual commitment to this goal,” the report stated.

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