Two of President Obama’s first Exective Orders touched directly on access to Government Information. On January 21st he issued new guidelines for access to materials in Presidential Archives, guidelines that would make it easier for materials to be archived (rather than held by a president…Mr. Bush on a number of occasions changed information policies citing his need for privacy). Further, on the 21st he reversed the previous administrations policies on the Freedom of Information Act as part of his initative to make government more transparent. Good background on Mr. Obama’s actions is availble from Crosscut.com, and the Detroit Free Press.
Obama’s Executive Orders on Information and Archives
January 26, 2009 · No Comments