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CREW Files DOJ FOIA Request Concerning Status of White House Office of Administration


Today, CREW filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) seeking a copy of an August 2007 OLC opinion concerning the status of the Office of Administration (OA) under the FOIA. OLC issued this legal memorandum while CREW was in litigation with OA over a FOIA request for documentation of the millions of missing emails from White House servers. On the same day the OLC concluded OA is no longer an agency subject to the FOIA, OA took the legal position in the litigation it was not an agency and therefore had no obligation to respond further to CREW's request. In making its request for the opinion today CREW noted DOJ had claimed in the past that the requested document is privileged, but in light of President Obama's commitment to transparency and accountability asked the agency to now release the record in response to CREW's FOIA request.

Read CREW's FOIA request in the Related Documents section on the right.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials -- regardless of party affiliation -- who sacrifice the common good to special interests. CREW advances its mission using a combination of research, litigation and media outreach.