Posted: Jan 27, 2011 4:57 PM by Greg Boyce
WASHINGTON (AP) - The new Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is demanding details of every request for federal records made by citizens, journalists, companies and others during the last five years under the Freedom of Information Act. It's part of a broad congressional inquiry into President Barack Obama's promises to improve government transparency.
Rep. Darrell Issa of California said the committee is seeking the documents - expected to exceed tens of thousands of pages - to make sure that "all federal agencies respond in a timely, substantive and non-discriminatory manner" to requests for records under the information law. Issa set a deadline to receive the materials by Feb. 15.
Some federal agencies receive tens of thousands of information requests each year