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Transparency

Government transparency is big nationwide, which may be why U.S. Department of Justice lawyers yesterday held a closed meeting … wait … a closed meeting on government transparency?

“They aren’t really interested in giving citizens all the information to which they are entitled,” the Herald Journal charged in an article today. “If they were, the meeting would have been public.” In part, the meeting allowed Justice lawyers to advise bureaucrats from various agencies on Freedom of Information Act requests.

On both the state and national level, timely and complete responses to FOIA requests is a right we have as citizens. News reporters, including investigative reporters working at the Policy Council, use FOIA requests frequently in their research.

To learn more about the FOIA in our state, and how to use it, visit the South Carolina Press Association’s FOIA page.

On Nov. 30, the Policy Council released its Best & Worst” review of transparency policy in South Carolina, which included reforms needed to address South Carolina’s FOIA responsiveness.

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Written by SC Policy Council

December 8, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Posted in News & Media, Transparency

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