09/26/2012 12:08 pm ET Updated Nov 26, 2012

New Podcast: Just How Secret Is the Government?

By Andre Francisco

How many secrets does the government have? And where are they keeping them? POGO's Joe Newman and Suzie Dershowitz sat down with Amy Bennett from, which just released its annual Secrecy Report, to discuss how secret the federal government was last year.

One promising development this year was the disclosure of the intelligence budget, a figure that had never been available before. In addition, the Office of Special Council, which was previously plagued with problems, is on track this year to deliver the most favorable actions for federal whistleblowers in its history.

On the flip side, the use of the "state secrets" privilege to withhold documents is on the rise, and the volume of classified documents continues to grow while little is spent on declassifying old documents.

In the podcast you'll find out what agency takes three years to process certain FOIA requests and which agency known for being secretive supposedly only classified four new documents last year. Find the podcast below.