When asked about the delay, Nesbit said that the OMB’s attention was on the federal budget. “There’s not a lot more that I can add,” she told me. “Except that we hope that the recommendations will be approved fairly soon.

Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, told me that she feels profoundly disappointed over how the Obama administration has handled the OGIS recommendations.

“They have a wonderful website, and they’re marvelously responsible to requests. They’ve done some very good things,” Dalglish says of OGIS. “But they have no actual ability to make anybody do anything. I encourage people to go to OGIS with simple problems, but for anything else, I still tell people to go ahead and sue.”

“That’s the only way you’re going to get anything,” she continues. “OGIS is not the answer for changing the culture of secrecy in this administration.”

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Erin Siegal is an Ethics and Justice in Journalism Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University , the author of Finding Fernanda and The U.S. Embassy Cables: Adoption Fraud in Guatemala, 1987-2010, and a Redux Pictures photographer. She currently lives in Tijuana, Mexico, and tweets about human rights, photography, FOIA, and border issues @erinsiegal .