Obama’s transparency pledges come under the GOP’s microscope

Jonathan Strong
The Daily Caller

Top GOP oversight officials are putting President Obama’s grandiose transparency vows under the microscope this week in two hearings, while a key chairman is voicing displeasure with the modest document disclosures provided by the White House regarding the meetings between Obama and special interest groups that set the stage for Obamacare’s passage.

Tuesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will examine how the Obama administration is following the Presidential Records Act, a key law that requires the preservation White House documents, including emails.

In June, a Daily Caller investigation revealed a cavalier attitude at the Obama White House toward longstanding safeguards designed to prevent abuses of that law — including acts that carry serious legal implications.

Testifying will be Brook Coangelo, a top White House technology official. The DC reported Coangelo asked technology for special deals based on his position as a public official, which a White House spokesman did not deny. Calls for investigation by top watchdog groups were ignored.

Also Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will examine the Obama White House’s policies on its visitor logs. Obama opened the visitor logs to the public for the first time but has faced criticisms for holes in the records and actions by top aides apparently designed to hide meetings from the records.

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A related article at The Daily Caller, Lobbyists: White House sends meetings off-site to hide them.

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