A worsening climate for FOIA requests

President Obama's 2009 transparency pledge hasn't translated into better responses to Freedom of Information Act requests. In fact, it's getting worse, writes David Cay Johnston, president of Investigative Reporters and Editors: "Federal agencies routinely flout the 1966 Freedom of Information Act, the so-called Open Government Act of 2007 that strengthens the 1966 law, and Obama's 2009 executive order directing agencies to err on the side of disclosure, not secrecy."