The administration is not only failing to meet their own promise to live up to the spirt of FOIA, but they are also violating the law.
As the scandal has unfolded, the media has predictably remained largely silent, allowing the Obama administration to sweep it under the rug.
Unfortunately, regulatory agencies sometimes flunk Decision-making 101.
While 67 percent of Americans think “too many Americans are dependent on the government” in a 2013 Rasmussen poll, more Americans are dependent than ever.
The intrusiveness and complexity of the federal regulatory state is getting worse.
It’s been a tough few weeks for President Obama. The disastrous launch of his controversial health care law, marked by a malfunctioning website, insurance rate hikes and millions of cancelled policies, has even the president’s most ardent admirers questioning his executive ability.
This week, protesters with "Not One More Deportation" staged a demonstration calling for the closure of the Eloy (Arizona) detention center, which is owned and operated for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).
As news broke about the Internal Revenue Service’s accidental disclosure of thousands of social security numbers online, a representative of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau testified before a subcommittee of the House Financial Services Committee about the CFPB’s use of Americans’ personal financial data. He reassured Congress that the CFPB “makes every effort to obtain market data in an efficient manner with an eye toward reducing the burden and cost on industry. The bureau also makes every effort to safeguard and protect the information that it does obtain.”
In another ironic twist, on the very same day, I happened to receive a letter that makes such assurances sound a bit less comforting.
Inspectors General, who hold federal agencies accountable by conducting audits and, when needed, investigating alleged misconduct, are in place to provide oversight over how taxpayer funded federal agencies are operating. But what happens if the inspectors are allegedly conducting the misconduct?