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Feb 27 2010

Obama’s Transparency in Government Illustrated

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We all know about Obama’s campaign promises regarding transparency and accountability in government…

Over at The ChamberPost, Brad Peck vividly demonstrates what the Obama White House means by “Transparency and Open Government” in his Transparency Incarnate post.

This is what he had to say:

In light of this unprecedented call to openness, we were truly astounded when, in response to the Chamber’s FOIA request to the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) relating to agency records on climate change, we were told that CEQ had identified 87 documents totaling 759 pages that were responsive to our request. HOWEVER, they could not release most of the documents because they “originated” with another agency — we have issued a FOIA request to them, no response yet — what they could release to us* looked like this:

The ChamberPost.com Redacted FOIA reply from Obama White House The ChamberPost.com Redacted FOIA reply from Obama White House The ChamberPost.com Redacted FOIA reply from Obama White House
The ChamberPost.com Redacted FOIA reply from Obama White House The ChamberPost.com Redacted FOIA reply from Obama White House The ChamberPost.com Redacted FOIA reply from Obama White House

Check out the complete details at The Chamberpost

It is amazing that the Obama White House would pull that kind of garbage but after the Joe Biden January announcement published in the LA Times it really does not surprise me.

DAILY GUIDANCE FOR THE VICE PRESIDENT, Thursday, January 14, 2010:
In the morning, the President and the Vice President will receive the Presidential Daily Briefing and the Economic Daily Briefing in the Oval Office. These briefings are closed press.

At 11:30 AM, the Vice President will meet with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. This meeting is closed press.

Afterwards, the President and the Vice President will have lunch in the Private Dining Room. This lunch is closed press.

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Then, at 2:15 PM, the Vice President will meet with Earl Devaney, chairman of the Recovery Act Transparency and Accountability Board. This meeting is closed press.

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