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    Celebrating the 'Most Transparent Administration in History'

    Just a little over a year ago today, President Obama declared, “This is the most transparent administration in history.” But as it turns out, that depends on how you define transparency. Obama continued, “Every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the public record. Every law … More

    “Voluntary” Cybersecurity Standards: The Threat of Regulation Looms

    Recently, Federal News Radio reported that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is nearing completion of the nation’s first ever cybersecurity framework. Despite initial cooperation, the threat of mandatory regulations as a result of this framework is a sword hanging over the private sector. The NIST framework is … More

    Zimmerman Trial: The Holder Justice Department's Latest Abuse of Power

    Judicial Watch has released documents showing the latest abuse of power by the Department of Justice (DOJ): helping “organize and manage rallies and protests against George Zimmerman.” Whatever one may think about the guilt or innocence of Zimmerman in his ongoing trial, we should all agree that the chief law … More

    How a FOIA Request Brought Down EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

    Author Christopher Horner joined the Bloggers Briefing this week to discuss his new book, The Liberal War on Transparency, and how citizen journalists can use the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to hold the government accountable. “You’ve got Issa oversight, and you’ve got you oversight—FOIA and state open records laws,” … More

    Planned Parenthood Sets Record for Abortions and Government Funding

    Planned Parenthood reported receiving record taxpayer funding in the last reporting year, while also performing a record number of abortions, according to the organization’s new annual report released this week. The nation’s largest abortion provider maintained its infamous title, performing 333,964 abortions—a record for the organization that received 45 percent … More

    Cybersecurity Will Not Be Solved by a New Executive Order

    The nation does not deserve a cybersecurity solution that is rushed through by executive order. The current draft cyber executive order is being seen by some as a long-awaited panacea for the “lack” of motivation of critical industry to secure itself. This is ridiculous. Presently, the reason for businesses not … More

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission Won't Release Unredacted Yucca Documents

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is refusing to release an unredacted version of its safety evaluation reports on Yucca Mountain, leaving the conclusions unknown to the public. The agency notified Heritage that it had rejected an appeal under the Freedom of Information Act. The NRC’s decision comes eight months after Heritage … More

    Does FEMA Know Where Its Homeland Security Grants Are Spent?

    President Obama promised a federal government that is dedicated to greater openness and transparency. But does the Obama administration believe in openness and transparent government when it comes to homeland security grants managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)? Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Heritage Foundation … More

    What Transparency Looks Like to the Obama White House

    Things that are transparent: Saran Wrap, glass, water. Things that aren’t transparent: brick walls, mountains, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Or so it would seem, if you take a look at the CEQ’s response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request issued by the U.S. Chamber … More