This week, we got some company in our request.OMB Watch, a government transparency group, announced today that it has filed anappeal(PDF) as well. “The extensive redactions of the released contract document appear to extend outside of the specific category of proprietary information, confidential and obtained from a person or business that is covered by under Exemption 4,” writes Craig Jennings, senior policy analyst at OMB Watch. Translation: The rationale for keeping so much of the contract details secret simply doesn’t hold.
FOIA appeal letters aren’t ordinarily known for their wit, but certain passages of OMB Watch’s letter stand out, including this one: “It is unlikely, for example, that the entirety of section 5.0 of the June 26 [contract] document under the label ‘Introduction’ contains only proprietary information.”
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