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  • Lois Lerner's Blackberry deliberately destroyed after start of congressional probe: IRS lawyer

    08/26/2014 3:57:39 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 93 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-26-14 | Doug McKelway
    Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration. Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was "removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012." That date - June 2012 - is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about...
  • Breaking@FoxNews DOJ atty told JW atty that IRS/Lerner emails do exist in backup somewhere

    08/25/2014 12:11:41 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    Shannon Bream ?@ShannonBream · 8s BREAKING: #TomFitton of @JudicialWatch just told us on @FoxNews DOJ atty told JW atty that IRS/Lerner emails DO EXIST in backup somewhere
  • Lawsuit accuses Obama White House of thwarting release of public data under FOIA

    08/18/2014 11:54:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 18, 2014 | Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
    A watchdog group on Monday sued the U.S. government, accusing the Obama White House of interfering in and thwarting the release of public documents under the Freedom of Information Act. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by the group Cause of Action (CoA) names 12 federal agencies that delayed the release of documents so officials could consult with White House under a new process established in spring 2009. The process, which gave White House officials review authority over documents that federal agencies wanted to release that mentioned the White House or presidential aides,...
  • Justice Dept. Asked Ferguson Police Not to Release Video From Robbery, Official Says

    08/16/2014 1:52:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 16, 2014 | Alan Blinder
    FERGUSON, Mo. — Unrest returned to the streets of this St. Louis suburb early Saturday as hundreds of demonstrators, angered by the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teenager by a police officer, engaged in a standoff with the police that was punctuated by threats and a new round of denunciations of law enforcement practices. The confrontation, the first serious one since the Missouri State Highway Patrol on Thursday assumed responsibility for security operations here, ended at about 4 a.m. when the authorities, prompted by the gradual dispersal of demonstrators, pulled back to their nearby command post. The Associated Press...
  • Republicans question HHS official’s instruction to ‘delete’ internal ObamaCare email

    08/15/2014 9:30:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 15, 2014 | Judson Berger
    A key official overseeing the ObamaCare launch last fall asked a subordinate to “delete” an email exchange on the matter, according to newly released records, fueling Republican concerns that the administration may be hiding internal discussions from Congress. “Time and again, the self-proclaimed 'most transparent administration' has been anything but,” House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said in a statement. “And now we know that when HealthCare.gov was crashing, those in charge were hitting the delete button behind the scenes.” Upton and other GOP committee leaders on Friday released an email exchange from Oct. 5, 2013, shortly...
  • Government Inspectors Generals Describe Atmosphere of Restricted Access

    08/11/2014 12:04:27 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 9 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/11/14 | Alan Joel
    Majority of the Inspectors General find themselves unable to perform their duties to audit the federal government Inspectors General (yes, that’s the plural) are considered watchdogs for the government. Their jobs primarily focus on “uncovering waste, fraud, and mismanagement”, which is an important function to keep government programs and agencies in check. A serious breach of trust is evident, therefore, when 47 of 73 Inspectors General pen a letter to Congress describing “serious limitations on access to records.” That’s 64% of the total watchdogs who express such concerns.
  • Glover: EU chief scientist should stay in the shadows

    08/11/2014 12:17:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 08/06/2014
    Anne Glover, the EU’s Chief Scientific Advisor, has said that her opinions to the European Commission should remain independent from politics and therefore “not transparent” and immune from public scrutiny. The incoming Commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, is considering to maintain her position after Barroso leaves, EurActiv understands. […] “Why is it not transparent? Because if it is transparent, then everybody will try to defend their position. And I’m not interested in that, I’m interested in getting the best evidence possible.” …
  • GAO: Government failed to report $619 billion in spending to its transparency site

    08/06/2014 4:49:57 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | 8-5-14 | Josh Hicks
    The White House budget office launched USASpending.gov in 2007 to track federal spending after scores of lawmakers, including then-Sen. Barack Obama, successfully pushed through a bipartisan bill to ensure greater transparency with the funding. At last check, less than 8 percent of the site’s spending information was accurate, and federal agencies had failed to report nearly $620 billion in grants, loans and other forms of assistance awards, according to a recent report from Congress’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Office.
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton says 'you don't have a right to know' what's going on in government

    07/25/2014 5:20:11 PM PDT · by BAW · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 25, 2014 | Sean Higgins
    Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting congressional delegate for the District of Columbia, angrily sputtered during a congressional hearing Friday that the White House should not be held up to scrutiny, saying that there was no right to know what it was doing behind closed doors. "You don't have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government," Norton said during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing. It was, to put mildly, a significant departure from the more traditional liberal stance that openness and transparency...
  • Oversight Dems to America: “You Don’t Have the Right to Know” about White House Spending...

    07/26/2014 1:21:50 PM PDT · by blueyon · 20 replies
    Committee on Oversight & Goverment Reform ^ | 7/25/14 | Govt Committee??
    "Oversight Dems to America: “You Don’t Have the Right to Know” about White House Spending Taxpayer Dollars on Political Activity" Committee votes to reject White House claim that head of political office has absolute immunity from Congress Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a resolution to reject White House assertions of “absolute immunity” for political affairs office head, David Simas, who has failed to appear before the Committee twice. This morning, the White House declined Chairman’s further accommodation to allow Mr. Simas to comply with his obligations under the subpoena. Yesterday, Chairman Issa offered White House Counsel Neil...
  • Barack Obama locks out the press — again

    07/24/2014 3:29:44 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 20 replies
    politico.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and JOSH GERSTEIN
    SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama went to the West Coast to meet donors from two top Democratic super PACs, but the press wasn’t invited. Tuesday, the reporters and photographers traveling with the president on Air Force One and in his motorcade were left on the gravel path not even within sight of former Costco CEO Jim Sinegal’s house in the Seattle suburbs where Obama sat for a Senate Majority PAC fundraiser with a $25,000 entrance fee. Wednesday morning, when he met with big donors for the House Majority PAC at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown San Francisco, they...
  • Rep. Jordan to IRS on Lost Emails: ‘You Guys Were Never Going to Tell Us Until We Caught You’

    07/23/2014 7:32:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    cns news ^ | 7/23/14 | ali meyer
    (CNSNews.com) - Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Wednesday called out the IRS on holding back information regarding lost emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner, telling the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a House Subcommittee for Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs on Capitol Hill, “You guys were never going to tell us until we caught you.” At the hearing titled, “An Update on the IRS Response to its Targeting Scandal,” Jordan explained the timeline of events in the ongoing IRS investigation, citing how Koskinen knew about the missing emails in April yet waited until June 13, 2014 to...
  • Obama millions to fund 'transparency' projects ... OVERSEAS

    07/20/2014 3:58:26 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    WND ^ | July 20, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    Goal is 'greater accountability' ... for foreign nations' governments...[C]hanges to government transparency are in the works with a plan to spend up to $600 million of U.S. taxpayers’ money to launch programs to “foster greater accountability of institutions and leaders to citizens.” However, Obama’s plan won’t benefit the U.S. taxpayers, who will be on the hook for the changes. His plan is to help make foreign governments more accountabile to their citizens. The Democratic, Responsive, and Accountable GOverNance, or DRAGON, project is to develop strategies to encourage citizens “to participate actively in governance,” according to a “concept paper” that WND...
  • New White House Press Secretary: Of Course Obama is The Most Transparent President in History

    07/14/2014 6:13:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    When President Obama ran for office way back in 2008, he infamously promised to have the "most transparent administration in history." Fast forward to 2014 and the opposite has happened. Not only does the administration heavily control the narrative of information going out to the press, the White House does everything possible to keep reporters from getting their hands on important information. Not to mention, the Department of Justice has heavily monitored reporters through phone and email monitoring. Last week thirty eight journalism groups, including the Society for Professional Journalists, called on President Obama directly to "stop practices in federal...
  • Another Lois Lerner email was just uncovered, and it’s a BOMBSHELL

    07/09/2014 1:58:47 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    Young Conservatives.com ^ | 7/9/2014 | Joshua Riddle
    6 days before tax day liberal Christmas in 2013 Lois Lerner was emailing with one of her fellow cronies and warning them to be careful, “we need to be cautious about what we say in emails”.
  • FCC Political TV Ads: New Rule Allows Anyone to Track Spending Online

    07/03/2014 11:00:41 AM PDT · by PoloSec
    News Max ^ | July 3 2014 | Clyde Hughes
    Transparency in political TV ads just got a little easier for watchdog groups and others as a little-talked about FCC rule took effect Tuesday, requiring broadcasters to disclose online who paid for those spots. Exactly who is funding political ads has always been public information, but interested citizens used to have to physically travel to each television station to get it. Under the new rule, political ad buys will be available online from about 1,000 broadcasters around the country, Dennis Wharton, a spokesperson for the National Association of Broadcasters, told The Washington Post. "Suppose you're running a political campaign. Beginning...
  • Obama to Cabinet: 'Be Creative,' Find Areas Open to Executive Action

    07/01/2014 2:21:29 PM PDT · by PROCON · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 1, 2014 | Thomson
    President Barack Obama told his Cabinet on Tuesday to 'be creative' looking for areas where he might be able to govern by executive action given gridlock in Congress that is hampering his agenda. In a White House meeting, Obama brought together the top officials in his government a day after conceding that a deadlocked Congress will prompt him to act on his own authority where he can on an immigration overhaul. Obama said he wants to work with Congress where possible, "but if Congress is unable to do it," then he said his Cabinet officials and agency heads should look...
  • Readers School Politico on 'Missing' IRS Emails

    06/21/2014 12:52:39 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 21, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    The emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials are gone forever. Therefore any more complaints about it are nothing but Republican nitpicking. Case closed. That pretty much sums up the attitude of Politico writer Rachel Bade whose Wednesday article title pretty much sums up what she portrays as the futility of any more investigation into retrieving those missing emails, "Sources: Lois Lerner’s emails likely gone forever." Got that? Or so she seems to hope. However, her writing off the possibility of ever finding those emails elicited a tidal wave of response from Politico readers with over 21,000 comments, many...
  • The IRS Had a Contract With an Email Backup Company

    06/21/2014 2:21:02 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 217 replies
    reason.com ^ | June 20, 2014 | By Peter Suderman
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said it can't provide emails sent between 2009 and 2011 that were requested by congressional investigators because of hard drive crashes. The agency said that emails stored on dead drives were lost forever because its email backup tapes were recycled every six months, and employees were responsible for keeping their own long-term archives. The IRS had a contract with email backup service vendor Sonasoft starting in 2005, according to FedSpending.org, which lists the contract as being for "automatic data processing services." Sonasoft's motto is "email archiving done right," and the company lists the IRS as...
  • Bergdahl's future uncertain; legal resolution could take years, say experts

    06/15/2014 8:20:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 15, 2014 | Kristina Shevory
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in America, but it will be months before his future takes shape, according to both experts in the military's legal system and people familiar with the treatment of long-term captives. After nearly five years in the hands of the Taliban and Haqqani network in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the American soldier was exchanged for five top Taliban operatives, underwent medical and psychological treatment at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and, Friday morning, landed at a military base in San Antonio. There he will undergo treatment to reintegrate back into society -- or possibly military...
  • Obama Admin Forbids Lawmakers From Taking Photos Of Illegal Immigrant Facility

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is welcoming members of Congress and their senior staff to tour a temporary shelter being used to house illegal immigrant children — but the invite comes with a list of rules, including a suggestion that members leave their cellphones in their vehicles. No recording devices will be allowed (We may ask you to leave your cellphone in our vehicle) No questions will be allowed during the tour, but questions will be addressed later No interacting with staff and children at the shelter >>>We will provide photos of the facility after the tour<<<
  • Obama library: Bidders settle on sites

    06/11/2014 6:22:15 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 11, 2014 | By Melissa Harris and Dahleen Glanton
    The South Side lakefront jewel where Barack and Michelle Obama held their wedding reception vs. a rare, open downtown field set against Chicago's majestic mountain range of skyscrapers. These are just a few of the preliminary offerings area universities plan to present to the president, the first lady and the few confidants helping them as they begin to weigh where to locate the Obama presidential library and museum. Meanwhile, the University of Hawaii, where the president grew up, has said it wants to build the library on oceanfront property in Kakaako, a commercial and retail district of Honolulu between Ala...
  • Obama admin official scrubs Twitter

    06/05/2014 10:15:13 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 5 Jun 2014
    Scrub-a-dub-dub. When Brandon Friedman took to Twitter to plant the seeds for another attack on Bowe Bergdahl’s whistle-blowing platoon mates, his bio proudly announced his role as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “What if [Bergdahl's] platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?” he tweeted, before calling for everyone to “withhold judgment” about allegations that Bergdahl deserted. “I’m not a fan of such speculation,” he added. Uh huh. And then Friedman scrubbed his Twitter bio. Here’s the Google cache from Jun 3, 2014:
  • Classified Briefing on Bergdahl Trade Doesn't Answer Questions for Critics

    06/04/2014 6:01:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 4, 2014 | Elahe Izadi and Sarah Mimms
    Administration officials showed senators video of Bergdahl to support claims that his health was failing. The Obama administration gave senators a classified briefing Wednesday night on just what thinking went into the prisoner trade to recover Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Afghanistan. But that won't end questions from Congress. "This gentleman needs to be looked into, quite extensively," said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., following the briefing, referring to questions about whether Bergdahl deserted the military. During the classified briefing, senators were shown a roughly minute-and-a-half-long "proof of life" video of Bergdahl, which the Taliban had provided, in which the soldier "didn't...
  • State Dep’t: ‘Probably Very Good Reasons’ Not to Give Details of Taliban Deal With Qatar

    06/04/2014 7:00:26 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 26 replies
    (CNSNews.com) – Amid reports that Qatar will allow five senior Taliban terrorists freed from Guantanamo Bay in the controversial Bergdahl exchange to move around freely, a State Department spokeswoman on Tuesday repeatedly declined to discuss “specifics” of the agreement struck with Qatar. Marie Harf said the deal involved “very sensitive diplomatic negotiations” involving the Gulf state and there were “probably very good reasons” not to make the details public.
  • State Dept: Bergdahl Knows Circumstances of His Capture Better Than Squad Mates

    06/04/2014 3:52:13 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 44 replies
    State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf engaged in a heated exchange Tuesday with a reporter over the circumstances surrounding Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s capture five years ago, saying she does not think his squad mates have the best idea of what happened when he disappeared. When Fox News reporter Lucas Tomlinson asked, “Does the State Department consider Sergeant Bergdahl to be a deserter?” Harf replied, “The State Department — no, Lucas. Look, what we’ve said is we are going to learn the facts about what happened here.” “He’s been in captivity, Lucas. I think he’s probably the person who knows...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Too Fragile for Desertion Questions, Official Says (How Convenient)

    06/03/2014 2:38:09 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 101 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 3 2014 | By MARTHA RADDATZ and LUIS MARTINEZ
    Newly freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not being asked about the circumstances of his “capture” by the Taliban, though a note he left at his base back in 2009 could help tell the story, a senior defense official told ABC News today. The official, who spoke about the sensitive details of Bergdahl’s case on the condition of anonymity, said that Bergdahl is not being interrogated at the American military medical facility in Germany, to which he was brought this weekend after being released from five-year captivity by the Taliban. The official said there are legitimate concerns about Bergdahl’s physical...
  • See yet another Obama scandal is once again the GOP's fault not Obama's.

    06/03/2014 9:27:13 PM PDT · by ctpsb · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | 06/03/2014 | James Oliphant
    "...If they truly fear the unchecked growth of presidential power, then their best option is to come to the table and force compromise. It's the one sure way to keep Obama from going cowboy (or, in their minds, tyrant)."
  • Is General Petraeus still under investigation by DOJ?

    05/28/2014 1:48:52 PM PDT · by airedale · 13 replies
    vanity
    I have lost track of the DOJ action on General Petraeus. Is he still under investigation or have they closed it out? If still open has anyone in congress or the media asked the simple question: why? I assume if he is still under investigation that it is to keep him quiet about the Obama administration policies a d to kill any political aspirations.
  • ALAN GRAYSON: Here's How I Plan To Make The Benghazi Investigation A 'Nightmare' For Republicans

    05/20/2014 7:35:25 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 100 replies
    AP yahoo business insider ^ | 5/20/2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Rep. Alan Grayson, a Democrat from Florida, has a plan to become Republicans' "worst nightmare" if he is indeed appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the select committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. (clip) Grayson said he would use the Benghazi hearings as an opportunity to draw attention to other issues important to "ordinary Americans" that have not received as much attention. (clip) Following DeLauro's proposal, liberal groups hatched another idea: send Grayson. A petition on the CREDO group's website has already garnered more than 65,000 signatures. (clip) Grayson said it's up to Pelosi to determine...
  • New Benghazi Investigation Spooks GOP Leaders

    05/14/2014 2:35:19 PM PDT · by don-o · 67 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 14, 2014 | Eli Lake
    Last Wednesday, as the House was preparing for its new investigation into the Benghazi attacks, House intelligence committee chairman Mike Rogers gathered Republican members of his committee for a meeting. While the main purpose of the meeting was to discuss surveillance reforms the committee was about to pass, Rogers also warned his colleagues about the upcoming select committee to investigate Benghazi. “He was saying this could be a rabbit hole,” one House member told The Daily Beast. “He was warning us that we should not let this investigation get into conspiracy theories.” Contrary to the caricature of Republicans, as singularly...
  • Hunter Biden to Ukraine Gas Board

    05/13/2014 2:15:28 PM PDT · by lbryce · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | May 13, 2014 | LUCY MCCALMONT
    Hunter Biden, the younger son of Vice President Joe Biden, will be joining Ukraine’s largest private gas producer, the company announced in a statement. “The company’s strategy is aimed at the strongest concentration of professional staff and the introduction of best corporate practices, and we’re delighted that Mr. Biden is joining us to help us achieve these goals,” Alan Apter, Burisma Holdings’ chairman of the board of directors, said in a statement, which was reported by The Moscow Times on Tuesday. Biden, joining the board, will be in charge of the legal unit, the company said and will provide support...
  • Senate Abandons Plan to Force Transparency on White House’s Drone Use

    04/30/2014 1:58:01 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 29, 2014 | Beckett Adams
    The U.S. Senate on Monday killed a measure that would have forced the Obama administration to provide the public with information each year on the number of persons killed or injured overseas in targeted strikes.Congress’ decision to abandon the measure, which would have been included in a larger intelligence bill, marks the latest in the federal government’s longstanding tradition of keeping information regarding targeted strikes, which are typically carried out by unmanned drones, from the public eye. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a letter to the Senate warned that the measure would compromise U.S. intelligence operations overseas, the...
  • Grand Rapids Selectively Released Public Information

    04/16/2014 5:34:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/14/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    Grand Rapids city officials gave detailed information about a tax dispute involving the Acton Institute to a select reporter, but not to the nonprofit fighting to prove it is a charitable organization, according to documents received through a Freedom of Information Act request. In fact, an Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty official complained that the organization was struggling to get information about the appeal of its rejection of an application for tax exemption just two business days before a scheduled hearing. Acton Institute Director of Finance Tom Vogt sent an email to City Commissioner Dave Shaffer...
  • Judge: Feds can hide rationale for killing U.S. citizen

    04/14/2014 4:22:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 14, 2014 | by Bob Egelko
    A Bay Area federal judge says the Obama administration can keep secret a memo spelling out the legal rationale for a 2011 drone attack in Yemen that killed a U.S. citizen and alleged terrorist mastermind. The ruling dismissed a suit by the First Amendment Coalition, an open-government advocacy group in San Rafael. The organization sued after a September 2011 drone strike in Yemen that killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Muslim cleric whom authorities suspected of organizing an attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009. Another U.S. citizen was also killed in the drone attack, and Awlaki's U.S.-born, 16-year-old...
  • Truth, lies and conspiracy theories

    04/13/2014 10:57:17 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 12 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | April 13, 2014 | Dan Miller
    The Federal Government lies as a matter of policy and habit. Occasionally  "legitimate" media detect and dissect the lies, but they more often simply report them as true. The resultant "conspiracy theories" are often more believable than the Government lies which spawned them. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-yhiV4wcMc] Video linkFrom Benghazi to ObamaCare to the Israel - Palestinian "peace process" to the Iran Scam to the Bundy Ranch standoff and beyond, "our" Government has lied to us repeatedly and there have been no signs that it intends to stop or even to slow down. The lies have rarely been for legitimate national security reasons and have far more often been to promote...
  • Transparency Lacking in ESA Grouse Listing

    04/10/2014 8:22:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Colorado Observer. ^ | April 9, 2014 | Audrey Hudson
    WASHINGTON — Colorado officials warned a House committee Tuesday that a lack of transparency in the Obama administration’s efforts to protect the sage grouse as an endangered species threatens the scientific validity of the process. Rob Roy Ramey of Nederland, an independent biologist whose career has focused on species protection, told the House Natural Resources Committee that the process has been closed to the scientific community and that federal officials refuse to share certain data being used to make a final determination. “It can be like pulling teeth to try and obtain that data,” Ramey said. “The (information) is shared...
  • Census office survey scandal grows as inflation stats faked

    03/27/2014 9:44:30 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 64 replies
    nypost.com ^ | march 26, 2014 | john crudele
    The Census Bureau’s Philadelphia office wasn’t just corrupting the nation’s unemployment rate by fabricating data. It was also filing false information about inflation in this country. Just how large an effect this fraud was having on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) — and consequently the cost of living adjustments for Social Security recipients and others — is not yet known.
  • House Readies For Vote On FOIA Reforms

    03/27/2014 7:03:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/23/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Michigan residents who want to keep tabs on what government officials are doing may soon be able to do so without having to pay excessive fees. A vote in the Michigan House could be taken this week on House Bill 4001, which would lower the fees government bodies can charge for FOIA request materials. The bill is an attempt to update the state's FOIA law and bring it in line with its original intent, said Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, the sponsor of the bill. Rep. Shirkey "There are necessary exemptions to FOIA, but the core of the law should be...
  • IRS chief: Producing documents could take years

    03/26/2014 2:20:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 45 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 3/26/14 | Alan Fram - ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Internal Revenue Service told House Republicans on Wednesday that it would take years to provide all the documents they have subpoenaed in their probe of how the agency handled tea party groups' applications for tax-exempt status. The comments by IRS chief John Koskinen drew a frosty response from Republicans who run the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, one of several congressional panels investigating the controversy. The panel's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., warned him he should comply with the request "or potentially be held in contempt" of Congress, a sometimes threatened but...
  • The Myth of Health CARE Cost Transparency!

    03/25/2014 3:16:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    Last December just before Christmas I took my car to a Body Shop for repairs. I received an estimate, which gave me an idea of how much I would be charged. My insurance company also gave me a clear quotation on how much they would cover. Once the repairs were completed, I received an itemized receipt showing exactly what I paid for parts and labor. The process was expensive, but it was not difficult to understand. Healthcare, however, is an entirely different matter. Once we learn we need a procedure or a test, we often have very little idea what...
  • “Most transparent” White House ever rewrote FOIA to exclude its own docs

    03/19/2014 1:16:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/19/2014 | BRUCE MCQUAIN
    That’s right, the Obama White House has quietly rewritten a portion of the Freedom Of Information Act to exclude what it calls “White House equities” from being released without a White House review. The rewrite was inspired by a 2009 memo by then White House counsel, Greg Craig: The Greg memo is described in detail in a new study made public today by Cause of Action, a Washington-based nonprofit watchdog group that monitors government transparency and accountability.How serious an attack on the public’s right to know is the Obama administration’s invention of the “White House equities” exception?“FOIA is designed to...
  • (Transparency) No reporters allowed on Michelle Obama's trip to China

    03/19/2014 11:11:57 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 46 replies
    www.weeklystandard.com ^ | 3/19/2014 | Danile Halper
    First Lady Michelle Obama will be accompanied by her children and her mother on her trip to China, which begins today. But she won't be accompanied by the press. "Michelle Obama’s trip to China starting on Wednesday will be nonpolitical, the White House says, a 'people-to-people exchange' emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education. As if to underscore the point, no reporters are traveling with the first lady, and she does not plan to give interviews while there," reports the New York Times. The White House is defending the first lady bringing her family along for the ride...
  • 'Most transparent' White House ever rewrote the FOIA to suppress politically sensitive docs

    03/19/2014 8:48:45 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    The Examiner ^ | MARCH 18, 2014 AT 8:45 AM | Mark Tapscott
    It's Sunshine Week, so perhaps some enterprising White House reporter will ask press secretary Jay Carney why President Obama rewrote the Freedom of Information Act without telling the rest of America. The rewrite came in an April 15, 2009, memo from then-White House Counsel Greg Craig instructing the executive branch to let White House officials review any documents sought by FOIA requestors that involved "White House equities." That phrase is nowhere to be found in the FOIA, yet the Obama White House effectively amended the law to create a new exception to justify keeping public documents locked away from the...
  • Happy Sunshine Week: The Sun Don’t Shine Here so Move Along, Nothing to See.

    03/19/2014 8:26:58 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-19-2014 | MOTUS
    Can you believe it? It’s “Sunshine” Week again! Hard to believe it’s been a year already: how time flies when you’re busy being transparent. This year, even the Administration’s most loyal supporters (MSM) have filed a few complaints about the most transparent administration evah! The findings have never been great for the current administration, which promised to be the most transparent in history on the day President Obama took office. In recent years, most agencies have not fully complied with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements. (snip) NSA document, redacted The administration has also cited more legal exceptions to justify...
  • US cites security more to censor, deny records

    03/17/2014 7:42:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    ap ^ | TED BRIDIS and JACK GILLUM
    More often than ever, the administration censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. Most agencies also took longer to answer records requests. The government's own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that halfway through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it...
  • ‘We’re Going to Get Creamed’: Lerner Emails Paint Picture of Planning 501(c)(4) Scrutiny

    03/12/2014 11:04:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | March 11, 2014 - 5:44 pm | Rodrigo Sermeńo
    A House committee report claims Lois Lerner, who oversaw the Internal Revenue Service’s scrutiny of tea party groups seeking tax-exempt status, lied to Congress about her involvement in the targeting scandal. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report Tuesday concluding that Lerner “created unprecedented roadblocks for Tea Party organizations” and “worked surreptitiously to advance new Obama administration regulations that curtail the activities of existing 501(c)(4) organizations.” […] The emails paint a picture of IRS officials being aware of the potential political consequences of their actions and the increasing attention on the issue. On several occasions, Lerner received...
  • Trayvon’s Legacy – Miami-Dade School Board Lawyers Evaluating “Legal Risk” Pending FOIA Release

    03/10/2014 8:05:47 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 9 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Mar 10, 2014 | Sundance
    We knew last year the diversionary activity around the Miami-Dade School Police Department (M-DSPD), which was coordinated, sanctioned and authorized by Miami-Dade School Superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, was illegal. Now, however – the entire School Board might be legally responsible for engaging in unlawful conspiracy which resulted from the internal investigation within the M-DSPD and the School Boards’ “willful blindness” to the actual finding(s). The District Public Information Officer, Rolando Martin, has admitted to us the current Records Request delay is a consequence of School Board Legal Counsel evaluating our latest FOIA request. [M-DSPD] officers within the department admitted, under oath,...
  • IRS to give up, release all Lerner e-mails, documents

    03/09/2014 8:16:51 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 47 replies
    On Wednesday, we found out the Big Reveal on whether or not Lois Lerner would be emptying the bag for Darrell Issa. Nope. So many perfectly good conspiracy theories flushed down the tubes after I went through two pots of coffee dreaming them up. It looked like a big, fat nothingburger and another dead end. But now, seemingly out of nowhere, the IRS seems to have had a change of heart. The powerful House Ways and Means Committee will get everything from disgraced former IRS official Lois Lerner’s email account since a few weeks before Barack Obama became president. And...
  • Things That Would Have Gotten Me Fired in the Corporate World

    03/08/2014 3:49:24 PM PST · by 1rudeboy · 4 replies
    Coyote Blog ^ | March 7, 2014 | Warren Meyer
    This week's episode:  Spending enormous resources on a program to reduce X, and then not tracking (or even putting in place a mechanism to track) whether X was reduced as promised.   James Taranto quoting the National Journal quoting Administration officials: The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the health care law will reduce the number of uninsured people by about 24 million over the next few years, and that about 6 million previously uninsured people will gain coverage through the law's exchanges this year. So, is enrollment on track to meet that goal? Overall enrollment is looking pretty decent, but...