Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How is Treasury Similar to the OCSD, CLRC and or RSM? It’s in the Loopholes stupid!

Treasury looking to hire Freedom of Information Act officers to help it find ways to withhold information from release to public'

Posted By CotoBlogzz 10-27-2010

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 6, 1966 allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States Government. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures.  

Now the Treasury department is hiring FOIA officers to help it find ways to withhold information from release to the public meaning that the parasitic bureaucracy OFS,  tasked with overseeing the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP,) is trying to hire people who will withhold information from release to the public.

Turns out that the headhunting firm Phacil used to find the loophole eagles are President Obama’s darlings and  “commended at the White House during National Small Business Week for being selected the SBA New Jersey State Small Business Persons of the Year.”

Perhaps we should apply for the position, as we know a number of loopholes as described in the piece titled California's Public Records Act - Its the Loopholes Stupid

In California FOI IS known as the Public Records Act (PRA) or  Government code 6250  - it stipulates that, the Legislature, mindful of the right of individuals to privacy, finds and declares that access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business is a fundamental and necessary right of every person in this state. I defines “writing” as meaning  any handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photographing, photocopying, transmitting by electronic mail or facsimile, and every other means of recording upon anytangible thing any form of communication or representation, including letters, words, pictures, sounds, or symbols, or combinations thereof, and any record thereby created, regardless of the manner in which the record has been stored

In the aforementioned piece, we describe our PRA experience with various government entities including The California Law Revision Commission, The Orange County Sheriffs Department, The California Department of Fish and Game, The Orange County Transportation Authority and practices used to withhold information from the public in diametrically opposed to the sprit and the law of Code 6250

Now we have the city of Rancho Santa Margarita:  On October 20, 2010, we filed a PRA request with the City of Rancho Santa Margarita asking for a  breakdown of council members/ vote to adopt parasitic bureaucracy LAFCO’s recommendations to include at least the communities of Coto de Caza and Las Flores in the city of Rancho Santa Margarita’s  sphere of influence, including recommendations made by individual council member for or against the sphere of influence concept and or annexation.  To date, no response.  While the city can still response within allowed deadlines, we are concerned it will try to hold of any and all information after the elections, given that Tea Party-like candidate Jesse Petrilla is dead set against LAFCO’s recommendations.


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