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Worst Agency on Transparency during Hillary’s Last Two Years at State? State.

Here’s another glimpse at what a Hillary White House will be like: not very transparent.

While it is in a way not very surprising, it is also important to put hard numbers to what we generally already know. So let’s take a look at The Center for Effective Government’s 2015 report on government agencies’ Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) compliance. FOIA is meant to ensure transparency in government.

In the report, which looks at data from 2013, no agency fares worse than the State Department. But the State Department also came in dead last on transparency in the CEG report looking at 2012 — the last year of a Clinton tenure that we now know included the use of a private e-mail system that apparently prevented her official communication from being accessible.

Here are the scores by agency for 2012 and 2013. Down at the bottom: State.

(Graphic via the Washington Post)

The CEG breaks out the scores into three categories: processing requests, rules around disclosures and the quality of the agency’s Web site. State does fairly well in the last category, remarkably badly in the second one and terribly in the first.

“The State Department deserves special attention for its very low score,” the report points out. “In addition to performing poorly on measures of timeliness, it did not do well on withholding (only 25 percent of requests fully granted).” In the most recent report, looking at the year Clinton left, the critique is nearly as strong. “The Department of State score (37 percent) was particularly dismal,” it reads at one point.

On processing requests, the “State Department was a serious outlier,” it says. “While 65 percent of its requests were simple, only eight percent were processed within the required 20 days. The State Department had the second-largest request backlog and the third-lowest rate of fully-granted requests.”

The CEG also notes that the State Department has “some of the most outdated regulations in the scorecard.”

A fish rots from the head.