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Pittsburgh diocesan lawyer sues HHS for failure to answer freedom-of-information request about mandate

July 02, 2013

A lawyer for the Diocese of Pittsburgh is bringing suit against the Obama administration for its failure to respond to a request for information about federal health-care policy.

Attorney Paul Pohl, who represents the Pittsburgh diocese in a challenge to the HHS mandate, had filed a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act, asking for information on how the Department of Health and Human Services set its policy on contraceptive coverage in the new federal health-care plan. The administration answered that it would take 5 years to fulfill that request for information, and the diocese would be charged $1.8 million—allegedly the cost of preparing the documents.

Pohl has filed a new suit, charging that the Department of Health and Human Services is showing a “shocking disregard for their obligations as government officials to comply with the law” that grants public access to government records.


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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Jul. 03, 2013 8:35 AM ET USA

    But I thought this was the most transparent and ethical administration in history!