Jason O'neil, Eric Gladys, Government discussed on Pacifica Evening News

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The announcement and planned to introduce the public option legislation on the first day of the session January fourteenth for public news service. I'm Eric take it off. DNA United States Department of the interior has taken steps to restrict public records requests, which are allowed through the freedom of information act. Eric Gladys reports the proposal would allow the agency to deny requests that it deems burdensome or vague and officials at the agency say it's necessary because foia requests are bogging down the departments work Jason O'neil with the western values project calls the move an attack on open public records and transparency is our organization and others have found there's been a clear late between special interests industry interests, and the work and the rule changes that have been done bad interior under this administration without access to government records. O'neil says his group would not have uncovered documents showing industry requests for changes to the greater sage grouse management plan to tip the scale for oil and gas producers over ranching and other interests interior department. Officials also say. The changes are needed because foia requests have been used for political reasons. O'neil says under previous administrations interior department moves were made in an open and public process. He says watchdog organizations like his and the news media rely on the freedom of information act when agencies aren't transparent in their decision making up kitchen requests when you're making decisions behind closed doors that obviously going to be the outcome because he's a factor. Public lands are wildlife a water their way of life up north. The public has until January twenty eighth to comment on the interior department's proposal, according to the hill newspaper due to the government shutdown. The agency isn't currently processing public comments interior is also the only federal agency that has shut down online foia requests until the government reopens for.

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