The CDC has refused to release the contact information for its chief FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) officer after two of its FOIA analysts were caught giving out false information on one FOIA and declining to fulfill another.
The initial FOIA, filed in February of 2020, asked for a racial breakdown of Covid deaths. After some online hemming and hawing, the CDC analyst told this reporter that the CDC had not accumulated this data at that time.
As it eventuated, the CDC had in fact published the data the week prior to this communication. Both CDC analyst Paula Thomas and her workstream leader, Carolyn Opkewho, promoted the false response.
After being informed that the CDC had indeed published the data, the CDC subsequently released it to this reporter.