Grijalva Asks Expanded Probe of Interior Political Review of FOIA Records

"The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee requested a government watchdog investigate additional details in its ongoing probe of the Interior Department’s new public records policy, which allows political appointees to review and potentially withhold documents from release.

In a letter sent to the Interior’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) Friday, the committee asked for the OIG to additionally look into Interior’s Supplemental Awareness Review process.

The internal policy, unearthed in a recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) release, allows Interior deputy solicitor Daniel Jorjani and deputy chief of staff Downey Magallanes five days to review all records requests related to senior staff in the secretary’s office before release."

Rebecca Beitsch and Miranda Green report for The Hill September 6, 2019.

Source: The Hill, 09/09/2019