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Office of Government Ethics now handling voluminous info requests from public

Quartz – “Trump’s administration has been widely criticized for its lack of transparency, and demands for information from the public, press, and Congress have gone through the roof. The OGE has already received five times the amount of Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests that they usually get in a full fiscal year—with five months left to go…Trump has claimed that his refusal to comply with ethics norms like releasing his tax returns are issues that only journalists “care about.” However, an NPR analysis of inquiries to the OGE found that phone calls from the public, not FOIAs from media agencies, increased the most—calls were up more than 5,000% this fiscal year compared to the average since 2009. On top of that, there have been almost six times the usual number of requests for information from members of Congress, NPR reported.”

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