List Summary

Record Count: 30

Why doesn't a registry for gifts to public officials exist?

ACIJ and CIPCE (Centro de Investigación y Prevención de la Criminalidad Económica) asked for information from the Anticorruption Office (OA) regarding regulations on gifts to public officials. CIPCE and ACIJ asked the OA information regarding a) whether or not a mechanism from the Registry of Gifts and Benefits to Public Officials had been implemented b) "if not, what where the reasons, and c) how long until some mechanism is implemented?" OA responded on November 28 and gave no specific reasons for the absence of a mechanism and no timeline. The OA’s Director of Policy Planning on Transparency did not respond to most of the ONGs’ questions. Specifically, there was no response to why Article 18, dealing with public ethics, is not applied to gifts. Article 18, Ethics Law of Public Administration, is 12 years old and there is still no Registry of Gifts and Benefits.

The government has to answer to information requests under judicial orders

In June 2012, the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC) asked for information from the Buenos Aires city government regarding public propaganda expenses in 2011, but received no reply. ADC advocates for a law establishing clear criteria, control, and transparency regarding official advertising. A court case was scheduled for November 22 pitting ADC against the Buenos Aires government where ADC emphasized the need for a stronger FOI law.

Executive power challenges standards for access to information

This article includes a summary of requests made by the Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ) in 2012: 1) The first series of requests dealt with the February rail accident. ACIJ asked for information from the National Commission for Transport Regulation (CNRT), the Secretary of Transportation, Metrovías S.A., Ferrovías S.A.C., and Railways Infrastructure Administration. Metrovias has not responded, and nor has the Secretary of Transportation, despite asking for a 10 day extension. 2) ACIJ asked for information regarding the vice president and his management of the company Sudamericana, formerly Ciccone, and received a response from the Federal Administration of Public Revenues (AFIP). 3) ACIJ received no response from the Ministry of Transportation or the Ministry of Federal Planning regarding irregularities in the administration and supervision of the SUBE transportation card.

Access to information: requests without responses

The La Nacion Data team asked for a physical copy of the President's salary on February 7, 2013. In January 2014, they asked for the salaries of the primary officials in the Executive Branch, which was supposed to be provided to them following the request. The physical copy was never successfully relayed to them. In December 2012, the team asked for information regarding the travels of Guillermo Moreno, the Secretary of Domestic Trade from 2005 to 2013. The request was left for 762 days without a response. In 2013, the team requested information regarding a specific resolution of ACUMAR's (a regional government agency): number 1173/2012. On September 6, 2013, Oscar Deina, Chief Executive of ACUMAR, said that the law was not regulated by the agency. 293 days later, the agency sent the text of the resolution. Links and documents to these requests are available in the article.

The implementation gap on access to information in Argentina

This is a report regarding the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth's (CIPPEC) public info requests to 14 state-run companies or public entreprises (with 10% or more state ownership) between June & July 2013. Together, these 14 public entreprises represent 85% of the national budget allocated to government funded companies. Nine enterprises answered the access requests and five did not. Four sent 10% or less of the requested information; two sent 25%; three sent ~65%. Companies did answer satisfactory due to "(i) the protection of commercial secrecy; (ii) [being] outside the orbit of the national public sector, so they are not affected by Decree 1172/2003; (iii) the requested information exceeded the concept of information set in the Decree; (iv) the information is confidential, [...] (v) trade balances of the last three years were not approved, so it was impossible to send information about the financial statements." These requests challenge the issue of privacy as a loophole in public information law and highlight the need for stricter legislation.

Requests for information on Banco Nación directors

The Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ) requested information on the requisites for becoming a director of the National Bank. For example, they asked for the copy of the current director's Masters Degree in Economics. It has been over 10 days, the amount of time allowed for a response under Decree 1172/03. They are currently still waiting for a response. Information requests can be useful in determining if public officials are qualified in their postions, rooting out potentially corrupt actors in the government.

Challenges in accessing information on education for people with disabilities

In order to obtain information about the educational situation of people with disabilities, on May 29, 2015, the Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ) submitted an access to information request. The state responded to the request indicating that there was no available data about the educational trajectory of people with disabilities. The state's inability to produce information does not line up with Article 24 over the Rights of Disabled People. ACIJ, together with the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC), la Asociación Síndrome de Down de la República Argentina (ASDRA) and la Red por los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad (REDI), decided to take the case to court in order to require the Ministry of Education to produce the information. Such actions ensure citizen-led checking of government provided services such as education.

Transparency and budget analysis of mental health programming with a focus on rights

The National Direction of Mental Health did not respond to the Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia's (ACIJ) requests for information. ACIJ made numerous requests on different aspects of mental health programming in several hospitals and health centers. These requests were also not answered.

Public information on the use of epidural pain killers

Since 2014 ,the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC) has asked for information access regarding the use of epidural painkillers when giving birth in hospitals of Buenos Aires. They asked 12 hopsitals in 2014 and 2015, with most hospitals responding to the request.

How much did the state pay for the lawyers that represented them at the Hague for the Botnia conflict?

In November 2007, Clarin journalist Pablo Abiad, sponsored by the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (ADC), demanded information regarding the how much the state paid lawyers in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the Uruguay River pulp mill dispute. The information was released once Clarin released an article on November 4 titled "Fees in the Hague, a State Secret" The following day, the Foreign Ministry issued Resolution 2363, which stated that providing the requested information does not jeopardize Argentina's position before the ICJ.