Administration Statements and Policies on Openness

Below is a compilation of the Administration’s openness policies.

Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, January 21, 2009; see also the December 8th Open Government Directive

Memorandum on Classified Information and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), May 27, 2009; see also the December 29 Executive Order on Classified National Security Information and the November 9 Executive order on CUI

Memorandum on Freedom of Information Act, January 21, 2009; see also Attorney General Holder’s Memo

Executive Order 13489: Presidential Records, January 26, 2009

Memorandum on Regulatory Review, February 3, 2009

Memorandum on Scientific Integrity, March 9, 2009

President Obama on Whistleblower Protections

AG Holder Memo on State Secrets


Ideas and Assessments from Outside the Government

Read transition papers on increasing transparency and strengthening oversight from and all of our coalition partners here

Visit our collection of 100 day assessments of the Obama Administration on transparency and open government, including an entry by’s Director, Patrice McDermott, here.


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