and Coalition Partners: Restore Measure of Transparency to the White House

Several coalition partners joined on a letter asking the Obama Administration to treat the White House’s Office of Administration (OA) as an agency subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the interest of transparency and accountability. The letter, written by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) points out that from its inception in 1977 until August 2007, OA functioned consistently as an agency subject to the FOIA. In August 2007, in the midst of litigating a FOIA request brought by CREW for records related to OA’s discovery that millions of e-mail messages were missing from White House servers, the Bush administration abruptly changed course and declared OA is not an agency and therefore need not comply with CREW’s or any other information requests under the FOIA.