The Energy 202: A call for reviewing the Interior Department’s FOIA process

By: Dino Grandoni, The Washington Post, June 18, 2019

A coalition of environmental and advocacy groups wants the Interior Department’s inspector general to look into reports that agency political appointees are impeding the release of public records through Freedom of Information Act requests. The nonprofit watchdog Campaign for Accountability filed a complaint alongside groups like the Western Values Project. In a letter sent to the Interior’s acting inspector general, the groups claim the department is allowing “political appointees to opine on the substance of FOIA releases and potentially, to illegally delay the production of records and withhold documents from the public.”

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