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Mon Mar 16, 2015, 06:24 PM

White House office to delete its FOIA regulations

White House office to delete its FOIA regulations

WASHINGTON The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office.

The White House said the cleanup of FOIA regulations is consistent with court rulings that hold that the office is not subject to the transparency law. The office handles, among other things, White House record-keeping duties like the archiving of e-mails.

But the timing of the move raised eyebrows among transparency advocates, coming on National Freedom of Information Day and during a national debate over the preservation of Obama administration records. It's also Sunshine Week, an effort by news organizations and watchdog groups to highlight issues of government transparency.

"The irony of this being Sunshine Week is not lost on me," said Anne Weismann of the liberal Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW.


I think I'm just beyond caring anymore. I'm just numb from it all.

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msanthrope Mar 2015 #1

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Mon Mar 16, 2015, 06:35 PM

1. It's a 2009 SCOTUS ruling that exempts that office. I don't agree with it, but I do


it interesting that it took 6 years for the administration to comply.

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