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FEC aims to restrict Inspector General reports

Politico reporter John Bresnahan noted a brief item currently on the front page of CQ’s PoliticalMoneyLine about the “minor changes” the Federal Election Commission wants to make to its System of Records.

“In a bland Federal Register Notice requesting public comment on a System of Records, the Federal Election Commission seeks to restrict access to the reports of the agency’s Inspector General unless the requestor has the permission of the individual involved.”

Bresnahan explains that a former FEC official is being investigated for misappropriation of funds that were used to settle a sexual harassment complaint. According to PoliticalMoneyLine:

“For the FEC this means the Inspector General’s report on the activities of the last Staff Director and his supervision, or lack of supervision, by the Commissioners could not be made available to the White House or Congress unless the former staff director and other individuals involved granted approval.”

The FEC is accepting public comments on the requested revisions until the end of the business day tomorrow. Here’s how to submit a comment, from the Federal Register notice:

Comments should be addressed in writing to Thomasenia P. Duncan, Privacy Act Officer, Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20463, and must be received by close of business on February 23, 2007. Comments also may be sent via electronic mail to Privacy@fec.gov“>Privacy@fec.gov.

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