Modernize the PRA

As Ezra Klein says it’s stupid to have White House lawyers sitting around debating how things like email, text messages, and IM chats ought to be treated under the 1978 Presidential Records Act. In light of 30 years with of IT advancement we need to update the law rather than puzzle over its interpretation. Obama’s team should recommend some changes, and congress ought to hold hearings and write new provisions for dealing with new mechanisms.

If the conclusion of your legal analysis is that the President of the United States can’t have an email account or a Blackberry, then that means you need a new law.