Carney: "There's Never Been A More Transparent Administration"


MAJOR GARRETT: The Obama administration came to Washington promising transparency. In your view, has the administration fallen short of this goal?


JAY CARNEY: I think there's no question, I've covered the previous two administrations, and know a thing or two about ones before that, there has never been a more transparent administration. We provide more information about, for example, the WAVES [the White House "Workers and Visitors Entry System"] records, something that no administration has ever done. The WAVES records are collected by the Secret Service, individuals who are cleared in for White House access. Those have never been released before, no administration has ever released them.

And I think it's fair to say that the release of that information has made this White House far more transparent than any other [administration]. That doesn't mean it's perfectly transparent. It creates headaches for us, and ridiculous stories on Fox News and elsewhere about, for example, saying Hillary Clinton was only in the White House five times, while Secretary so-and-so was there this many times. People like Hillary Clinton, and most cabinet secretaries literally get waved in by the Secret Service. They're not entered in the logs. Second, Hillary Clinton, as her successor is, was in the White House every week. So it leads to some challenges. The records weren't designed to be a complete picture because of the way that individuals who are part of the administration enter the White House. But they provide a lot more information about who visits the White House than has ever been provided before. (A Conversation with Jay Carney at George Washington University, April 17, 2014)

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