As previously announced, President Biden is reinstating a policy to voluntarily disclose White House visitor logs. These logs will include appointment information for individuals who have been processed to enter the White House complex, including the White House, Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and New Executive Office Building. Naval Observatory records related to White House business will also be released when they are generated.

The voluntary disclosure policy will apply to records created for appointments after 12:00 p.m. on January 20, 2021.

The White House considers these records to be subject to the Presidential Records Act or the Federal Records Act and will continue to preserve them accordingly.

This policy will be subject to the following exceptions:

  • The White House will not release fields within the access records that implicate personal privacy or law enforcement concerns (e.g., dates of birth, social security numbers, and contact phone numbers).
  • The White House will not release access records of staff members (e.g., staff processed through the visitor system to enter the complex before being issued their badge).
  • The White House will not release access records whose release would threaten national security interests.
  • The White House will not release access records related to purely personal guests of the First and Second Families (i.e., visits that do not involve any official or political business).
  • The White House will not release access records related to a small group of particularly sensitive meetings (e.g., visits of potential Supreme Court nominees).  The White House will disclose each month the number of records withheld on this basis, if any, and it will release such records once they are no longer sensitive.

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