Friday, March 20, 2009

Obama Administration Rolls Back Bush Records Restrictions

President Obama is moving toward more public access of public records. Sounds downright democratic.

Here's the report from the Washington Post:

The Obama administration advised federal agencies Thursday to release their records and information to the public unless foreseeable harm would result.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. issued guidelines fleshing out President Obama's Jan. 21 order to reveal more government records to the public under the Freedom of Information Act, whenever another law doesn't prohibit release.

The new standard essentially returned to one issued by Attorney General Janet Reno during the Clinton administration. It replaced a more restrictive policy imposed by the Bush administration under which the Justice Department defended any sound legal argument for withholding records.


Tulsan said...

I wish it were that easy to roll back the rest of Bush and the GOP's "legacy." But hooray, anyway.

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