Agencies Under Trump Are Reporting More Leaks of Classified Information

Government Executive | April 08, 2019

Newly obtained figures from the Justice Department show that average annual referrals of leaks of classified information from various agencies during the Trump administration have more than doubled compared to those under President Obama. “The number of leaks of classified information reported as potential crimes by federal agencies reached record high levels during the first two years of the Trump administration,” wrote Steven Aftergood, government secrecy specialist at the Federation of American Scientists, summarizing data he obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Agencies forwarded 120 leak referrals to Justice in 2017, and 88 leak referrals in 2018, for an average of 104 per year, the data show. By comparison, the average number of leak referrals during the Obama administration was 39 per year.

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Share this article Tweet Facebook Google+ Pin It Print Send via email Federal regulators have been busy this year. The American Action Forum (AAF) found that Washington has produced $104 billion in new regulatory costs so far in 2014. That is $434 for every voter, 18 or older. The federal government is on pace to pass $200 billion in new regulatory costs by the end of the year. To put this in context, in 2013 federal regulators didn’t reach the $100 billion mark until mid-December, and in 2012 it took until late-October.

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Share this article Tweet Facebook Google+ Pin It Print Send via email Federal regulators have been busy this year. The American Action Forum (AAF) found that Washington has produced $104 billion in new regulatory costs so far in 2014. That is $434 for every voter, 18 or older. The federal government is on pace to pass $200 billion in new regulatory costs by the end of the year. To put this in context, in 2013 federal regulators didn’t reach the $100 billion mark until mid-December, and in 2012 it took until late-October.

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