Should part of law exempting FirstNet from disclosure obligations be changed?

Under the law establishing FirstNet, Congress declared that FirstNet would not be subject to disclosure obligations—most notably, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Should this part of the law be changed?

Yes, make the change as soon as possible, because greater transparency leads to greater trust, which FirstNet needs to be successful. Also, government entities do not have to disclose matters on sensitive issues—personnel, procurement and litigation—anyway, so those areas would not be a problem.
70% (28 votes)
No, the exemption is crucial to FirstNet acting as an "independent entity" under the law.
25% (10 votes)
Other (please explain in comment area).
3% (1 vote)
Yes, the change should be made, but not until the FirstNet system is widely operational. While the first-responder broadband network is being designed and built, it is important that FirstNet and entities dealing with FirstNet not have to worry about disclosure laws.
3% (1 vote)
Total voters: 40

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Anonymous
on Jul 10, 2014

Secrecy invites corruption.

Anonymous
on Jul 10, 2014

The problem with anything being blanket is that items that should be available are not disclosed. There are things which occur in any organization that should not be publicly available but routine communications such as asking what to order for lunch clearly do not meet the criteria of sensitive information. FirstNet should be able to keep some communications private while others having no, or little, import should be made available.

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