U.S. Secret Service: 9/11 White House Visitor Logs Unavailable; Part Of National Archives
The following is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reply from the U.S. Secret Service regarding a request for records of White House worker and visitor logs for September 11, 2001 and September 12, 2001. The Secret Service alleges that such records are not agency records and are now under the control of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Dear Mr. Monaghan:
Reference is made to your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, dated November 4,2009, received by this office on November 13,2009, for "all records relating to all visitors to the White House on September 11 and September 12,2001. ...Specifically, I request information from two systems known formally as the White House Access Control System (WHACS). Colloquially, this information is known as 'White House visitor logs.'" You further specify that you are requesting information from the Worker and Visitor Entrance System (WAVES) and Access Control Records System (ACR) databases.
Please be advised that we interpret your request to be for WAVES and ACR records.
It is the government's position that the categories of records that you requested are not agency records subject to the FOIA. Rather, these records are records governed by the Presidential Records Act, 44 U.S.C. § 2201 et seq. As these records relate to the prior White House Administration, they are under the legal control and management of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). We are-therefore.closing_the above-indicated file.
Please be advised that any decision concerning a FOIA request, including a decision that the Agency maintains no responsive records, is subject to administrative appeal. Should you wish to file an administrative appeal, your appeal should be made in writing within 35 days of the date of this letter, by writing to Freedom of Information Appeal, Deputy Director, U.S. Secret Service, Communications Center, 245 Murray Lane, S.W., Building T-5, Washington, D.C. 20223.