Obama Administration To Release White House Visitor Names

09.04.09 | FL News Team

President Obama is expected to announce on Friday that his administration will soon start releasing the names of visitors who come to the White House. Under the new policy, the administration will release the electronic visitor logs maintained by the Secret Service about three to four months after the visits happen. The American public will be able to see who set up the meeting, how long it lasted and where it was held. There will be exceptions to the rule. Officials won't release the names of visitors in cases of national security and extreme confidentiality, or of people paying strictly personal visits to the First Family. The new policy goes into effect in mid-September.


The President's announcement will reverse a White House tradition of keeping the visitor logs secret. It will also resolve four lawsuits filed by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The group had sued the Obama and Bush administrations to get details on White House meetings in an effort to see who is influencing administration policy on key issues. In a prepared statement, Obama said, quote, "We will achieve our goal of making this administration the most open and transparent administration in history." He went on to say, quote, "Americans have a right to know whose voices are being heard."