Feds Claim Obamacare Launch Is Hindering Government Transparency

Unfilled requests for public records are piling up as the government claims it is being overwhelmed by Obamacare.i

Unfilled requests for public records are piling up as the government claims it is being overwhelmed by Obamacare.

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Unfilled requests for public records are piling up as the government claims it is being overwhelmed by Obamacare.

Unfilled requests for public records are piling up as the government claims it is being overwhelmed by Obamacare.

Bjorn Rune Lie/Ikon Images/Getty Images

A heavy workload caused by the Affordable Care Act, government technology limits and staff shortages are causing unusually long delays in filling public records requests, federal health officials say.

The waits in some cases could stretch out a decade or more.

The Freedom of Information Act requires federal agencies to respond to records requests in 20 working days, though providing documents often takes much longer. The FBI, for instance, recently reported that complex requests could average more than two years to fill.

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