OMB Watch Analysis Finds Obama Administration Slowly Rebuilding Government’s FOIA Performance

An OMB Watch analysis of data from 25 key agencies shows Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) performance slightly improved in FY 2010, the first full year reported for the Obama administration. The picture emerging on FOIA implementation under President Obama is one of rebuilding openness, not of an immediate turn-around. Several trends have improved from previous years, although most indicators have not returned to the pre-Bush era of openness. In fact, most indicators of openness have not even returned to the average for the Bush years, a period known for secrecy.

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