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Earnest Defends Obama Admin Transparency Record: We Have ‘A Lot to Brag About’

On Monday night, USA Today reported that the Obama Administration was exempting itself from a federal regulation that subjects the White House Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act.

This comes during Sunshine Week, which is an effort by news outlets to raise public awareness about transparent government and the perils of extreme secrecy, and the Office of Administration had been the only White House office that was subject to FOIA requests. It complied with requests for the past 30 years.

“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,” USA Today reported. “The office handles, among other things, White House record-keeping duties like the archiving of e-mails.”

In light of these new revelations, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest maintained on Tuesday, according to one reporter, that the Obama Administration has “a lot to brag about” regarding its handling of FOIA requests, and that last night’s decision was simply “a court decision.” One Associated Press reporter asked Earnest, though, if this actually means the Obama Administration is the least transparent in history.

The AP filed a lawsuit against the State Department last week over unfulfilled FOIA requests for access to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s records. Critics say the White House’s latest move is “out of step with the president’s supposed commitment to transparency.”

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