Aug 27, 2015

GOP Wanted FOIA Investigation

     Congressional Republicans asked Social Security's Office of Inspector General (OIG) to see whether political appointees at Social Security were manipulating the agency's responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. OIG found no evidence of this.
     I have no idea why the GOP would think there was a problem with political interference with FOIA requests at Social Security. However, there is a big FOIA problem at Social Security. FOIA requests at Social Security take forever! Months and even years can pass without a response. This isn't because of political interference. It's because of lack of resources. It's the same at other government agencies. FOIA is a mess but the problem isn't political.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can attest to that.

In 2013 I made a FOIA request to SSA. After months with no response I did some Google research and called the SSA OGC...they referred me to the SSA 800 number. I called SSA...they referred me back to the OGC. This went on for many, many months. When many more weeks had passed with no response I called the OIG main office with the intention of speaking with Patrick O'Carrol or at least raise hell trying. Of course I didn't make it that far up the ladder BUT I did finally receive the information I had requested - - - roughly three weeks ago.

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