Last week, Acting Archivist of the United States Adrienne Thomas announced that starting this week, 245,763 pages of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush Presidential records will be opened for research at their respective libraries.
These Presidential records, which are being released in accordance with the Presidential Records Act and the Obama’s Executive Order on Presidential Records (E.O. 13489), had been held up for review during the Bush Administration under E.O. 13233. Obama’s Executive Order overturned the Bush-era E.O., which gave current and former presidents and vice presidents the expanded authority to withhold presidential records indefinitely. E.O. 13489 restores standards for the timely release of presidential records.
[Posted by Emily Feldman]