One thing Obama could do to limit the amount of lies that his administration gets caught up in is to perhaps just talk to Jay Carney on occasion just so they can get their lies straight. Count how many times those two buffoons contradict one another on a story and then Carney is forced to perform a tap dance when he's called on it. I wonder how that parrot sleeps at night? Does he have children? God, I hope not. That is one lineage I hope comes to an abrupt end.
Obama administration fails watchdog’s transparency test
2:32 AM 03/14/2013
The Obama administration has come up short on one government watchdog’s test for transparency.
Cause of Action, a self-described government accountability organization, released a report examining federal agencies’ compliance with Freedom of Information Act requests, Wednesday.
As the group notes in their “Grading the Government” report, during his first month in office, President Obama laid out his goal to the heads of executive branch agencies to make his “the most transparent Administration in history.”
With Obama’s mission in mind the group set out to test the administration’s transparency — grading each agency on their responses to identical FIOAs — regarding spending on promotional items. The departments were graded on the amount of time it took to respond, the number of redactions in the responses and whether or not they granted the group a Public-Interest Purpose fee waiver.
The report found the average agency grade to be a “C-minus.”
According to Cause of Action, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Defense were among the worst FIOA responders, with each department receiving an “F” based on their grading system.
“What ‘Grading the Government’ shows is an inconsistency at best, and a failure at worst, by federal agencies in not just compliance with the President’s pledge for transparency, but compliance with basic FOIA protocol,” said Dan Epstein, Cause of Action executive director in a statement.
“Failure by these agencies to disclose documents is a failure in their service to the American taxpayers who them and rely on them to be accountable and transparent,” he added.
The 14 other agencies came out somewhere in the middle: The Department of Agriculture received a “C,” he Department of Energy got a “C-minus,” the Department of Health and Human Services received a “D,” the Department of Homeland Security got a “D-minus,” the Department of Housing and Urban Development received a “D-minus,” the Department of the Interior received a “B,” the Department of Justice got a “D,” the Labor Department got a “C-minus,” Department of State received a “C,” Department of got a “D,” the Department of the Treasury got a “D-minus,” the Department of Veterans Affairs received a “B-minus,” and the Environmental Protection Agency got a “B.”
As the organization notes, the report is not exhaustive as it only probed 16 departments however it contends that the research serves to confirm an earlier report offered by Bloomberg News.
“This report does not give a comprehensive picture of how the Federal Government handled its FOIA responsibilities in 2012 because it only examines performance on one request sent to 16 departments. It is a continuation of an earlier report by Bloomberg News, which found that 19 of 57 agencies failed to provide responses within the six-month timeframe,” the report reads. “Our findings largely confirm the Bloomberg report; we calculated a non-response rate of 25 percent (only slightly less than the 33 percent found by Bloomberg).”
Cause of Action noted that they have plans to continue to probe the openness of this administration.
I see Obama as very transparent. Every true conservative and I have been able to see right through him since the early days of the primary back in 2008.
Aggressive pursuit of power disguised as compassion for the common man. A determination to kill the Second Amendment to take the teeth out of the citizenry but claiming this is necessary to take bite out of crime.
Again, Obama is very transparent. If you can't see through him then you are either apathetic, a leftist, or just dangerously naive.