White House Signals Intent To Strip Critical FOIA Funds From OGIS
Senator Patrick Leahy Says funds for the Office of Government Information Services, a component of the National Archives and Records Administration, authorized under the newly enacted OPEN Government Act will be shifted to the Department of Justice, according to White House aides. The move is contrary to the intent of Congress when it passed the OPEN Government Act -- bipartisan legislation championed by Leahy and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). The legislation unanimously passed the Senate and House in December. Leahy this week outlined an agenda for the new year to continue to press for more openness and transparency in government.