- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Justice Department official says the Obama administration is ready to tell federal agencies to release records to the public unless foreseeable harm would result.

The official said Attorney General Eric Holder has approved new guidelines fleshing out President Barack Obama’s January order to reveal more government records to the public. These guidelines are expected to be released later Thursday. The official spoke anonymously because the official announcement has not been made.

The new standard returns to one issued by Attorney General Janet Reno during the Clinton administration. It would replace a more restrictive policy from the Bush administration, when the Justice Department would defend any sound legal argument for withholding records.

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