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White House Office of Administration drops transparency regulation on freedom of information day – UPI

dcogcadmin | March 19, 2015

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) — The White House Office of Administration on Monday announced it’s deleting regulations subjecting it to the Freedom of Information Act seven years after a federal judge ruled the office doesn’t have to comply with the law.

U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled in June 2008 the Office of Administration was not subject to FOIA regulations because it doesn’t employ “the type of substantial independent authority that the D.C. Circuit has found sufficient to make an (executive office of the president) component an agency under the FOIA.”

The Office of Administration provides administrative support and business services to the president’s executive office.

The ruling came about after the office wasn’t able to comply with a government watchdog group’s FOIA request for up to 22 million emails. The White House said the emails had been deleted by a computer glitch. [Read More]