WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Obama Administration is coming under fire after a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders say they're failing to open up.
Not only has Obama fallen short, critics say his administration is far, far worse than George W. Bush's policy was on open records.
Watchdogs are not the only ones complaining. Representatives Darrell Issa (R-CA 49th District) and Elijah Cummings (D-MD 7th District), the top Republican and Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, want to know why the Justice Department has a huge backlog of Freedom of Information requests. Our investigative media partner the Washington Guardian added up the number of open record requests denied in just one year.
"In 2011, the U.S. government denied 200,000 petitions," says the Washington Guardian's Phillip Swarts.
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