(NEWSER) – The Obama administration pledged to boost transparency in the White House from the get-go, but it hasn't exactly been a promise kept. In virtually every category, the government's efforts to be more open about its activities in 2013 were their worst since Barack Obama first took office, the AP reports in an analysis of federal data. Last year, the government censored or refused to reveal more files requested under the Freedom of Information Act than ever before, and when it came to the most "newsworthy" events, the White House denied quick access to relevant materials at a record rate. Standout figures:

  • The administration—mostly through the Pentagon and the CIA—pointed to national security as a reason to maintain secrecy 8,496 times in 2013. That record-breaking figure is up 57% from the year before.
  • Five years ago, President Obama ordered agencies to reduce their use of a "deliberative process" explanation to justify withholding documents—but agencies did it a record 81,752 times last year.

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