Investigative Reporters and Editors is now welcoming nominations for its annual Golden Padlock award recognizing the most secretive government agency in the United States.
"The techniques of government secrecy have been elevated into high art by determined civil servants," said Robert Cribb, chair of the Golden Padlock committee. "This award brings well-deserved recognition to those who have distinguished themselves with ingenious creativity in denying the public's right to know."
To nominate an agency, please fill out this short form. You'll be asked to provide the name of the government department or individual, your reasons for nominating, and links to media coverage or documents detailing the intransigence. Entries must be submitted to IRE by April 1.
Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency won the 2017 Golden Padlock Award for steadfastly refusing to provide emails in the public interest and removing information from public websites about key environmental programs.
Previous winners also include: