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Sprehe on FOIA Executive Order

A puzzling executive order “The Bush administration makes it harder to get information from the government,” By J. Timothy Sprehe, Federal Computer Week, Jan. 23, 2006.

Sprehe, president of Sprehe Information Management Associates, has a long-time interest in government information. His latest column for FCW enumerates recent FOIA actions in light of the executive order, “Improving Agency Disclosure of Information” (Dec. 14, 2005). He concludes:

In light of the administration’s record of excessive secrecy, what are we to make of the new executive order on FOIA? In my judgment, the executive order is window dressing. It is another ploy to distract attention from how the administration consistently denies the public the information it has a right to see.

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