Obama Administration's Transparency: "Pretty Weak"

Posted: Mar 15, 2013 8:20 AM
Government watchdog group Cause of Action yesterday released transparency grades for each of the Obama Administration's executive departments, plus the Environmental Protection Agency. For an administration that prides itself on transparency, the results were not good.

The average grade that Cause of Action gave Obama Administration departments was a C-, with two cabinet-level institutions - the Department of Defense and the Department of Commerce - receiving failing grades.

"President Obama himself actually made a pledge that his Administration would be the most transparent in history," Cause of Action's communications director Mary Beth Hutchins told Townhall. "There's a great inconsistency among federal agencies in how they're responding to folks who just want to know what's going on in the federal government and how taxpayer dollars are being used."

Appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) might cause some controversy. Would Cause of Action be as hard on a Democrat as on a Republican? "It's hard to speculate on what would happen if someone else was in office," Hutchins said. "[But] what we found is that the current state of transparency is pretty weak."

Watch Hutchins' entire interview with Townhall below:

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