Union blasts secretive Obama administration over looming shutdown

The administration’s handling of FOIA requests surfaced as a big issue on Capitol Hill last week. Republicans held a hearing scrutinizing a practice by political appointees in the Department of Homeland Security of approving the release of open records requests, which officials at the department said had been discontinued.

The Washington Times conducted a governmentwide FOIA audit in February 2010 by filing requests to more than 100 federal agencies for reports they prepared for the Obama-Biden presidential transition team.

Many agencies have responded, but some have not. Others said they could not locate the records. The Drug Enforcement Administration took more than a year to issue a response letter recently saying The Times’ request wasn’t specific enough. Larger agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, responding to the same request produced thousands of pages of records within weeks.

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