Secrecy in Government

Archive Report

Encroachments on Freedom of Information

Practices followed by federal agencies in withholding or releasing information about activities that concern and are of interest to the public will come under the scrutiny of Congress early in the session that starts on Jan. 3. A subcommittee of the House Committee on Government Operations, which held preliminary hearings on government information policy in November, is to resume its inquiry soon after the legislators return to Washington. Department and agency heads then will be called on to answer complaints that present policies have led to undue secrecy about the affairs of the Executive Branch and to unnecessary suppression of non-security information.

Rep. John E. Moss (D-Cal,), chairman of the subcommittee on government information, said at the conclusion of last month's ...

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