Treasury Ignores FOIA Despite Obama Open Government Initiative
(05 May 2010) The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) has accused the Treasury Department unit that processes Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with secretly withholding government records about how it handles FOIA matters.

Treasury's April 8 response to the information request TRAC submitted nearly two years earlier prompted TRAC's administrative appeal. In the appeal, TRAC charges the department's Disclosure Services Office with failing to abide by the basic legal requirements of the FOIA.

In its appeal, TRAC said the proper functioning of the FOIA process was central to ensuring government transparency. "Yet the office charged with acting on the Treasury Secretary's behalf to ensure openness has ignored these same legal requirements when it comes to providing records sought about its own practices."

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