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Politico | Jan 19, 2016

Rep. Chaffetz to probe State Department’s transparency

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is launching a probe of the State Department’s responses to Freedom of Information Act requests amid heightened scrutiny of how they were handled during former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s tenure.

Wall Street Journal | Jan 19, 2016

Obama Administration Must Turn Over ‘Fast and Furious’ Documents, Judge Rules

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday the Obama administration must turn over thousands of documents about the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking operation to House Republicans, rejecting White House claims that the papers were shielded by executive privilege.

The Hill | Jan 13, 2016

GOP chairman: Obama’s actions undermine democracy

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is blasting President Obama for executive overreach.

Government Executive | Jan 13, 2016

Limiting the Pensions of Wealthy Ex-Presidents, Help With Retirement Decisions and More

President Obama’s parting State of the Union address didn’t offer much by way of concrete proposals that would affect federal employees. The president did, however, call for broader political reforms that public servants might welcome

Politico | Jan 12, 2016

House passes FOIA reform, again

A bill aimed at speeding and broadening the release of information under the Freedom of Information Act passed the House Monday afternoon on a voice vote.

Associated Press | Jan 11, 2016

House votes to strengthen government records law

The House approved legislation Monday making it easier to obtain government records, as a new congressional report concluded that the freedom of information process under the Obama administration is broken and in need of serious change.

Wall Street Journal | Jan 11, 2016

‘FOIA Is Broken,’ Says House Panel Report

In some ways it’s never been easier for citizens to seek federal agency records through the Freedom of Information Act, the public’s main tool to get information from the government.

The Hill | Jan 8, 2016

Republicans press White House to fire more officials over hack

House Republicans on Friday called on the Obama administration to fire more officials responsible for the government’s cybersecurity shortcomings.

Politico | Jan 7, 2016

Chaffetz, Cummings tangle with DOJ official over GPS tracking documents

A longstanding and unfulfilled congressional demand for memos about the use of GPS tracking devices in federal investigations triggered a tense exchange Thursday that saw key House lawmakers from both parties bearing down hard on a top Justice Department official.

ABC News | Jan 7, 2016

State Dept. Failing to Respond to Records Requests, Report Finds

The State Department is failing to respond in a timely and accurate manner to requests for public records filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), an internal watchdog investigation released today concludes.