Dark Clouds Over São Paulo

Secret Documents in the Alckmin Administration

by Lucas Valente da Costa

Alckmin
Governor Alckmin says confidential documents are being reavaluated (photo credit: Ciete Silverio/A2img)

When it took effect in 2012, Brazil’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was seen as  a revolution in the fight against secrecy and bureaucracy. Yet, albeit necessary, the law has since proved to be insufficient in ensuring transparency and accountability in the public sector. In 2014, Transparency Audit Network, an initiative based at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) in Rio de Janeiro, submitted over 500 electronically freedom of information requests to eight jurisdictions[1]. Only 31 percent got full responses – a very low rate that shows governments still have a long way to go to comply with transparency regulations.

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