Presidential Records Act

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Presidential Records Act:

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(1966), law requiring that U.S. government agencies release their records to the public on request, unless the information sought falls into a category specifically exempted, such as national security, an individual's right to privacy, or internal
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235) On November 6, 2001, a few days after the Order was signed, the Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations held an oversight hearing on "The Implementation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
The president and his staff describe Executive Order 13233 as a procedural one carrying out the requirements of the Presidential Records Act of 1978 relating to a group of confidential advice records scheduled to become available beginning in January 2001.
The basic documents are the Presidential Records Act of 1978 and Reagan's Executive Order 12667 as well as court cases relating to the records issue.
The Presidential Records Act of 1978 established public ownership and control of presidential records and their orderly release depending on the degree of sensitivity of the documents.
The Presidential Records Act of 1978 provides that records of an administration are closed until five years following the end of an administration, except at the request of the courts or the Congress.

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