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10 times the government stonewalled requests for information

At the center of's mission is the goal of keeping citizens informed about what their government is up to. Doing that, however, often requires access to documents and data that the government isn't always happy to share.

In our investigations into government shenanigans, the team has often encountered the harsh wall of bureaucracy. The list of opaque agencies goes on - the IRS, public universities, Immigration and Customs, and many more.

Here are 10 times the government stonewalled requests for information.


A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

As advocates for a free press and an informed citizenry, we believe that one of the core values of the American experiment is the idea of transparency. The people have a right to know what their government is up to. They should be able to find out how their tax dollars are being spent, what public servants do while on the job, and why government makes certain decisions that affect their communities.

Sadly, this ideal of government transparency is not put into practice by our public servants all too often. Our reporters have repeatedly run smack into the dead-end wall of bureaucracy. But even if they didn't get the information they wanted, these stories are still worth highlighting. After all, sometimes the refusal to hand over information is more telling than the information itself. 

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity







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