July 14, 2013

Clinton State Dept. Still Not Compliant With FOIA Request For Cost Of Her Travel

Bloomberg reports that while “Hillary Clinton kept a running total of countries visited, miles traveled and hours spent in transit on the State Department website,” she’s yet to disclose “the bill to taxpayers for her globe-trotting.” Clinton was head of one of just five major Departments out of 57 that has refused to comply with Bloomberg’s request:

In her four years as the top U.S. diplomat, Hillary Clinton kept a running total of countries visited, miles traveled and hours spent in transit on the State Department website.

Still untallied: The bill to taxpayers for her globe-trotting.

Bloomberg News last year asked for the details of out-of-town trips for the heads of 57 major departments in fiscal 2011, a test of President Barack Obama’s pledge to run the most open government in history. As of July 12, about one-fifth of those surveyed hadn’t responded.

The State Department is one of five Cabinet offices that have yet to fully comply with requests under the Freedom of Information Act to disclose the details and expenses of official travel more than a year after they were filed.

“These are exactly the kinds of records Cabinet offices should have at their fingertips,” said Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, a Washington-based open-information advocacy group. “You should not even have to ask for these records. They should be online already.”

In 2008, as a candidate for President, Clinton’s campaign pledgedshe “would instruct her Attorney General to press all agencies to release information if disclosure would do no harm.”

There should be a presumption of openness for documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act, and she would instruct her attorney general to press all agencies to release information if disclosure would do no harm.