House Hearing on Compliance with Freedom of Information Act Requests

The House Government Oversight and Government Reform Committee is holding a hearing next week that may be of interest to MTP readers.  On June 2, the Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Ensuring Transparency through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)” to “explore the barriers that exist in limiting effective access to public information under FOIA.” The witnesses will be investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, Emmy Award winning former CBS News veteran reporter and author of Stonewalled, Jason Leopold of HBO’s Vice, Leah McGrath Goodman of Newsweek, Terry Anderson formerly of AP and currently with the University of Florida, and a New York Times counsel.

MTP readers will remember the tussle we had with the Government Accountability Office getting them to disclose who was consulted in the preparation of their “stealing is good for you” report that recommended the government consider the consumer benefits from fake goods and pirated materials.  The GAO refused to provide the names of those who participated in the preparation of the report.  The “stealing is good for you” recommendation is straight out of Lessig and his anti-artist followers among the shadowy Google backed lobbying groups and academics on the take listed in Public Citizen’s comprehensive study of Google’s massive influence peddling.

The hearing will be live streamed through this link.