Signing Statement on Defense Authorization Bill a Bad Sign for Transparency?

In a signing statement accompanying the National Defense Authorization Act, President Obama wrote that the provision "could be interpreted in a manner that would interfere with my authority to manage and direct executive branch officials." Troublingly, the statement said further that the President "will interpret those sections consistent with my authority to direct the heads of executive departments to supervise, control, and correct employees’ communications with the Congress in cases where such communications would be unlawful or would reveal information that is properly privileged or otherwise confidential." This statement is contrary to the "unprecedented levels of openness in Government" President Obama committed to creating on his first day in office. (Read more about the statement here.)

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