Posted: 4:20 pm ET
On September 8, the House Oversight and Reform Committee (HOGR) held a hearing Examining FOIA Compliance at the State Department. The hearing has four State Department officials as witnesses starting with Patrick Kennedy, the Under Secretary for Management and Janice Jacobs, the agency’s Transparency Coordinator. It also includes two staffers from the Executive Secretariat. Some members expressed appreciation for the work these officials have done, one referring to them as “clean-up” people at State.
For the most part, it’s the kind of theater that we’ve come to expect from the Congress. One member asked about the Yemen War and the arm sales to Saudi Arabia. In an FOIA hearing. More than a couple members used the hearing to throw darts at the absent Hillary Clinton. No, no response required from any of the witnesses in those segments. Another member wants the State Department to go get Colin Powell’s emails from his tenure at the State Department. A member brought up Colin Powell’s role in the lead up to the Iraq War. There was a bit of discussion on retroactive classification and Foreign Government Information (FGI). Another member wanted to know the names of the people who are processing and redacting FOIA requests. We stopped watching when Chaffetz did a quiz show on what Congress should not be able to see. We include the links below to the prepared statements of the State Department officials as well as the hearing page here, if you want to watch the video.
Oh, get ready, apparently over the next few days, the Committee will hold a couple more hearings like this. On September 12, it will hold a hearing on classification and redactions in FBI’s investigative file. On September 13, it will hold a hearing on the preservation of records at the State Department. This last one is also called an “examination.” By October, we might see hearings focusing on an Examination of the State Department’s Cafeteria Selection. It remains to be seen if the next hearings will result in any findings at all, or if perhaps this is nothing but a roundabout way of getting folks an audition for spoken entertainment with Audible.
|The Honorable Patrick F. Kennedy||Under Secretary for Management||U.S. Department of State||Document|
|The Honorable Janice Jacobs||Transparency Coordinator||U.S. Department of State||Document|
|Ms. Karin Lang||Director, Executive Secretariat||U.S. Department of State||Document|
|Mr. Clarence N. Finney, Jr.||Deputy Director for Correspondence, Records, and Staffing Division, Executive Secretariat||U.S. Department of State||Document|
Here’s the GOP side talking about putting the “e” at the end of potato and Hilary Clinton.
Here’s the Dems talking about the GOP and Hillary Clinton.
Welcome to the next 60 days of depressing nightmare on the Hill, in addition to the other one unfolding on teeve. Excuse us now, we’ll just go find us some cats for therapy.