House Hearing on Electronic Records Preservation

On Tuesday, February 26, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on “Electronic Records Preservation at the White House.” The Committee, led by Chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA-30), has been investigating what happened to millions of missing White House emails and what the White House is now doing to make sure it is preserving its records in compliance with the Presidential Records Act.

The following witnesses are expected to testify:

-Alan R. Swendiman, Director, Office of Administration
-Theresa Payton, Chief Information Officer, Office of Administration
-The Honorable Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States
-Gary M. Stern, General Counsel, National Archives and Records Administration
-Sharon Fawcett, Assistant Archivist for Presidential Libraries

The hearing will be held at 10:00 a.m., in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

AALL supports the “Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2007” (H.R. 1255) to restore standards for the timely release of Presidential records and nullify President Bush’s Executive Order 13233. The bill is currently stalled in the Senate because of a hold placed on it by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). If you live in Alabama, we need to you to ask Sen. Sessions to lift his hold! Please see our Action Alert for more information.

[Posted by Emily Feldman]

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