March 23, 2011

GOP-leaning organization creates FOIA website

Crossroads GPS, a Republican-leaning advocacy group, today launched Wikicountability.org, a website designed to compile information received from FOIA requests submitted to the Obama administration.

According to this Politico article, in addition to compiling FOIA requests, the website also seeks to "spotlight what it suggests is the administration's poor record of compliance with FOIA  with a special section devoted to unfulfilled FOIA requests."

Some of the information the website reveals includes:
The Andy Griffith ad promoting Obamacare last year cost taxpayers $3.66 million – including $404,000 in production – according to records obtained from HHS in a FOIA request earlier this year.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis met with union bosses or attended their events on more than 40 separate occasions from February 2009-January 2010.

Among dozens of unfulfilled FOIA requests by the Obama administration: The Department of Education has yet to offer any response to a February 2010 FOIA request for Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s schedule and travel vouchers.
This website sounds like good way to keep track of how much information citizens are and aren't able to obtain from the Administration.