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US cites security more to censor, deny records

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 16, 2014 at 1:06 pm •  Published: March 16, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has a long way to go to fulfill its promises from Day 1 to become the most transparent administration in history.

More often than ever, t he Obama administration censored government files or denied access to them outright last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more legal exceptions it said justified withholding materials and refused a record number of times to turn over files quickly that might be especially newsworthy. That's according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.

The government's own figures from 99 federal agencies covering six years show that halfway through its second term, the administration has made few meaningful improvements in the way it releases records.