dan tynan

Feeling like there are ways to get more specific about how to get communications and records, but have no idea how. saying ‘white house’ just seems too broad and easily evaded. thoughts?

Jack R-W

This request will fail, the White House is not covered by the FOIA.

dan tynan

really? then why is White House one of the preset agency categories when filling out a FOIA form here on muckrock?

dan tynan

Wouldn’t White House also include the Executive Office of the President?\ \ ”FOIA also applies to the Executive Office of the President and the Office of Management and Budget, but not to the President, his immediate staff, the Office of the Vice President or the Office of Administration, which advises the president.”\ \ https://www.rcfp.org/federal-open-government-guide/federal-freedom-information-act/which-agencies-are-covered

Jack R-W

No, that office accepted requests at some point but the Obama administration changed the rules. If you look at the Muckrock requests made to the White House you’ll be able to see that they don’t accept them.

Russ Kick

A few specific components within the White House respond to FOIA, including the Office of National Drug Control Policy (a/k/a the Drug Czar) and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, but no component that directly involves the Prez or VP. (At least, those handful of components *did* accept FOIA requests. I wouldn’t be surprised if that changes under Trump.)

dan tynan

thanks for the info, guys. I appreciate it.

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