The mere fact that you have the legal authority…does not mean that you should always use it…Information will not be withheld just because I say so…Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this Presidency.
- President Obama, 2009
This is the most transparent administration in history. I can document that this is the case. Every visitor that comes into the White House is now part of the public record. Every law we pass and every rule we implement we put online for everyone to see.
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.
Sometimes the post just writes itself.