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The U.S. Justice Department ended more than a year of stonewalling by releasing an independent consultant's assessment of the agency's efforts to ensure diversity within the workplace, The Washington Post  reported. Reporters had filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to obtain the study. Now, it's all there in black and white for anyone to see -- literally. About half of the 186-page report by KPMG Consulting was blacked out by agency officials because FOIA allows them to keep secret "pre-decisional deliberative information," the Post said. Senior officials basically cut out the negative stuff but allowed this nugget: The department's attorney workforce is more diverse than the U.S. legal workforce.

"The bureaucracy run amok," one political appointee told the Post in explaining why so much of the report, including a section on "Recommendations," was redacted. The Post estimates that the study cost taxpayers a few hundred thousand dollars. Too bad they don't have X-ray vision, because reading between the lines won't work.