Photo: US gov’t sets record for failures to find files when asked

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In this March 15, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama smiles as he listens to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny speak during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. When it comes to providing government records the public is asking to see, the Obama administration is having a hard time finding them. In the final figures released during Obama’s presidency, the U.S. government set a record last year for the number of times federal employees told disappointed citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files requested under the Freedom of Information Act. In more than one in six cases, or 129,825 times, government searchers said they came up empty-handed, according to a new Associated Press analysis. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In this March 15, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama smiles as he listens to Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny speak during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. When it comes to providing government records the public is asking to see, the Obama administration is having a hard time finding them. In the final figures released during Obama’s presidency, the U.S. government set a record last year for the number of times federal employees told disappointed citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files requested under the Freedom of Information Act. In more than one in six cases, or 129,825 times, government searchers said they came up empty-handed, according to a new Associated Press analysis. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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