Archive for January, 2009

President Obama Issues Sweeping New Transparency Policies

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Stating, “My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government,” on his first day in office President Barack Obama announced a sweeping series of transparency reforms. In addition to revoking President Bush’s executive order on presidential records (see related story), the President issued a Presidential Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, and a Presidential Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act. Read the full article »

Federal Court Rules for VP Cheney in Records Preservation Case

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

On January 19, Federal District Court Judge Colleen Kollar Kotelly accepted Vice President Cheney’s claim that he was complying with the Presidential Records Act (“PRA”) thus denying efforts by historians and archivists to ensure the full body of Cheney’s records would be preserved. The PRA requires presidential and vice presidential records to be turned over to the National Archives at the end of an administration. Read the full article »

Allen C. Lowe Named Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

On January 19, Acting Archivist of the United States Adrienne C. Thomas announced the selection of Alan C. Lowe as the new Director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The appointment is effective April 12, 2009. Read the full article »

President Obama Revokes Bush Presidential Records Executive Order (updated Jan. 26)

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

On January 21, in one of his first official acts, President Barack Obama revoked the Bush administration’s Executive Order 13233 that severely limited access by the public to presidential records. Click here to see a copy of President Obama’s new Executive Order 13489. Read the full article »

Bush Administration Ordered to Find Missing White House E-Mails

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

On January 15, 2009, Federal Magistrate Judge John Facciola formally ordered the White House to search the entire Executive Office of the President (EOP) and the Office of Administration (OA) to collect and preserve all emails sent or received between March 2003 and October 2005. This includes all Executive Office of the President components’ workstations and portable media. Read the full article »

National Archives Releases Initial 9/11 Commission Records

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

On January 14, 2009, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) opened more than 150 cubic feet of records of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, known as the 9/11 Commission, an independent, bipartisan commission created by Congress. The records that were released represent 35% of the Commission’s archived textual records. Read the full article »

National Park Service Director Mary Bomar Retires

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

National Park Service (NPS) Director Mary A. Bomar has announced she will retire on January 20, capping a 25-year federal career. Bomar became the 17th Director of the National Park Service on Oct. 17, 2006. Read the full article »

Information Security Oversight Office Issues FY 2008 Report

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

On January 13, 2009, the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) released its Report to the President for Fiscal Year 2008 providing data about the Government-wide security classification program. The Report is accessible on the ISOO website (click here). Read the full article »

National Park Service Awards 2009 Centennial Challenge Project Funds

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

On January 13, 2009, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and National Park Service (NPS) Director Mary A. Bomar, announced $27 million in centennial projects, $10.5 million from the federal government combined with $16.5 million in philanthropic giving. For the second year of its Centennial Challenge, the National Park Service will match federal funds with contributions from park partners to prepare for the NPS centennial in 2016. Read the full article »

Federal Register Announces New “Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents”

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) has created a new publication, to be called the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents. The Daily Compilation will appear on the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) new Federal Digital System (FDsys) website January 20, 2009, to coincide with the incoming President’s term of office. The online Daily Compilation will replace the printed Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. Read the full article »

President Bush Appoints Two to PIDB

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

President Bush recently announced the reappointment of Martin Faga as a member of the Public Interest Declassification Board (PIDB) and the appointment of Dr. Jennifer E. Sims to the PIDB for the remainder three-year terms expiring 10/03/11. Read the full article »

Presidential Records Reform Act is the First Bill Passed by the New House

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

The end may finally be in sight to the seven-year battle historians and archivists have waged to overturn President Bush’s Executive Order 13233 of November 2001 that restricted access to presidential records. On January 7, 2009, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 35, the “Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2009,” by an overwhelmingly bi-partisan vote of 359-58. H.R. 35 was chosen by the House leadership as the first piece of substantive legislation passed in 2009 as a symbol of government transparency. Read the full article »

Presidential Library Disclosure Bill Passes the House

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

On January 7, 2009, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 36, the “Presidential Library Donation Reform Act of 2009,” by a vote of 388-31. H.R. 36 requires organizations fundraising for Presidential libraries to disclose their donations while the president is in office and during the period before the federal government has taken possession of the library. Read the full article »