Office of Management and Budget accused of violating FOIA transparency rules
- May 2, 2022
Juliette Fairley, Legal Newsline
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A federal watchdog has sued the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) accusing it of wrongfully withholding records.
PPT submitted a FOIA inquiry requesting ethics documents from the OMB nearly a year ago.
“They’ve not produced any documents in response to the request and they haven’t given us a timeline,” Chamberlain said. “When we have asked about the status of the request, they’ve given us answers such as ‘It’s in progress.’ We got a response in September saying it’s continuing to be processed and we got a similar response in December saying the request is continuing to be processed.”
OMB is one of 19 agencies from which PPT has sought records of ethics waivers and decisions that exempt political appointees from obligations under the Biden Ethics Pledge and federal ethics obligations.