Asked in Barack ObamaFreedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Doesn't a public official like Barack Obama have to release personal documents based on the Freedom of Information Act?
July 31, 2016 4:08PM
It depends on which documents. If you are asking about his college records, he is under no obligation to release them-- they are protected, as are mine and yours, by a 1974 federal privacy law called FERPA (Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act). If you are asking about government records, those that are not considered classified can be released; journalists often file Freedom of Information requests when a government official refuses to make such documents available.