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President Barack Obama must release a global development directive that he says is "changing the way we do business" with regard to foreign aid and development, a federal judge ruled.
Though Obama signed the U.S. Global Development Policy, the functional equivalent of an executive order, in 2010 with much publicity, he has never publicly released it.
PPD-6, as it is known, purportedly addresses national security and foreign relations topics, but no part of it is classified and the government never tried to shield it under Exemption 1 of the Freedom of Information Act.
Rather the government has relied on Exemption 5's presidential communications privilege.
The Center for Effective Government filed suit to access the document, leading U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle to remark Tuesday that "the application of the presidential communications privilege to an unclassified, widely distributed presidential directive is an issue of first impression."
Huvelle nevertheless relied on Exemption 5 jurisprudence "that teaches that the determination will ultimately turn on the 'factual content and purpose of' the PPD-6."
After reviewing the directive in camera, she deemed expansion of the pri
The President’s approach to global development addresses the new strategic context faced by the
United States through the following three pillars:
*A policy focused on sustainable development outcomes that places a premium on broad-based economic growth, democratic governance, game - changing innovations, and sustainable systems for meeting basic human needs;
*A new operational model that positions the United States to be a more effective partner and to leverage our leadership; and
*A modern architecture that elevates development and harnesses development capabilities spread across government in support of common objectives.