Putting TRAC to Work
  News Organizations
Hot Air
January 23, 2013

Surprise: FOIA lawsuits up 28 percent over Bush years in Obama’s first term
By Mary Katharine Ham

The number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits filed against the federal government has increased dramatically under the Obama administration, according to a December study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). A comparison between the last two years of President George W. Bush’s second term and the last two years of President Barack Obama’s first term shows FOIA lawsuits jumped by 28 percent, TRAC reports. FOIA lawsuits are filed to challenge denials of records requests or the use of exemptions of information by federal agencies. The number of FOIA lawsuits filed against the State Department rose by 111 percent in those time periods, from 18 to 38. FOIA lawsuits rose by 60 percent at both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, the Department of Justice saw an increase by 50 percent.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
Copyright 2013
TRAC TRAC at Work TRAC TRAC at Work News Organizations News Organizations