Thanks to Badger for digging this up. She comments on a Must Read at Global News:
Global News, has an updated story on the rising US expatriation figures – and this is by the author Patrick Cain who compares the numbers in the Federal Register ‘name and shame’ list to the FBI numbers for those – (see specific category for ex-citizens) precluded from owning firearms.
January 10, 2014 9:30 am
More than 3,100 Americans renounced citizenship last year: FBI
By Patrick Cain
Cain references and links to the letter by constitutional lawyer Peter Hogg to the Finance Minister re his concerns about the serious issues with signing a FATCA IGA, and also notes yesterday’s release of Nina Olson IRS Taxpayer Advocate 2013 Report to Congress. The author provide a link to the report, and quotes the TAS: “……On Thursday, a report released by the U.S. National Taxpayer Advocate strongly criticized FATCA in a report to Congress, saying the costs exceed projected revenue, the law creates sovereigntyconflicts with other countries – using Canada as an example – and the IRS’s computer systems aren’t ready to handle such a complex project.
“[The] IRS has not acted upon advice it has received from some well-informed stakeholders,” Nina Olsen warned in the report. “FATCA carries with it the potential for substantial resource burdens and significant due process concerns.””
The website, Muckrock, lists statistics regarding FOIA processing that they have submitted:
Stats & Figures:
11,565 requests filed
3,161 requests successfully complete
855 requests denied
Note the high number of open requests.
In the linked podcast “FOIA by Numbers”, an analyst notes that only 42% of FOIA requests that Muckrock submitted to the US Federal government of a sample of 907 were completed on-time (within 20 business days) and 5% were ignored for over one year.
(If you listen to the podcast, suggest starting at 2:30).
Although the use of a commercial service to submit FOIA could increase the likelihood of a timely response, generally it seems that the various US Federal government departments follow their own agenda about if or when to respond.
“Shadow Raider says
January 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm
I have made 4 FOIA requests. Here is a summary of what happened so far:
1. In May 2013, I sent a FOIA request to the Department of State asking for the number of CLNs. I have not received a response yet.”
According to the State Dept.’s FOIA log, an FOIA request, F-2013-07747, for annual totals of CLNs since 2000, submitted on May 8, 2013, was still “Open” at April 16, 2014. See p. 137:
Obviously, since more than six months have passed since the State Department updated its log, this status information may no longer be current.
on FOIA delays:
The “Center for Effective Government” gave the State Department an “F” for its responsiveness to FOIA queries. State received the lowest overall score of 37% of all 15 agencies measured and the lowest score for the categories “Processing Requests” and “Disclosure Rules”:
None of this should surprise IBS readers who have seen the delays in obtaining renunciation data.
Just one more item:
“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.”
—President Barack Obama, January 21, 2009
Also (maybe a bit off topic) the DC Circuit just broadened the definition of “representative of the news media” entitled to waivers of FOIA document search & review fees (i.e. the only fees they can charge you are duplication fees)