The Transparency Establishment’s Echo Chamber
— MSPB Watch (@MSPBWatch) October 15, 2013
— MSPB Watch (@MSPBWatch) October 16, 2013
The Office of Special Counsel was not, in fact, brought up in the FOIA Summit. OSC’s role in FOIA oversight is discussed here, here, and here. Asking why it wasn’t brought up is the same question as why some of the groups involved don’t seek additional funding for OSC, or inquire about its performance or the Merit Systems Protection Board’s performance.
It’s ironic that for all the discussions and plans to add processes and councils and such, an agency with the decades-old ability to strike fear into the hearts of bureaucrats is being overlooked by the transparency establishment. After all, FOIA law requires agencies to reveal their own dirty laundry themselves, and the element of blind trust in government is baked into that law.
I guess acknowledging that that trust is regularly abused is beyond the scope of the FOIA summit.