White House Visitors Database

The Obama administration each month releases a log of people who pass through the White House security system, which also includes visits to the vice president's residence and two executive office buildings. The database has more than 2.5 million entries for the period from January 2009 through May. 31, 2012. The log may include some scheduled visits that did not take place and exclude visits by members of Congress, top officials and others who are not required to sign in at security gates.

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Visitor Date Staffer Location Description
John Podesta 06/11/2010 Lawrence H. Summers Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council White House Ww
John Podesta 05/10/2010 Barack Obama President White House East Room Large Event With Potus And Co...
John Podesta 05/03/2010 Lawrence H. Summers Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council White House Ww
John Podesta 03/09/2010 Barack Obama President White House State Floo Greek Independence Day Recept...
John Podesta 10/05/2009 Bryan Jung Special Assistant to the Director White House Ww
John Podesta 09/26/2009 Rahm I. Emanuel Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff White House West Wing
John Podesta 09/29/2009 Cecelia Jones White House West Wing
John Podesta 08/21/2009 Jeffrey Bader Old Executive Office Building 312
John Podesta 07/21/2009 Melody C. Barnes Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council White House Ww
John Podesta 01/20/2009 Max Doebler Ceremonies Coordinator Old Executive Office Building 350 Theobamaadministrationlunchin...
John Podesta 04/24/2009 Rahm I. Emanuel Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff White House Ww
John Podesta 03/05/2009 Marissa C. Hopkins Special Assistant to the Press Secretary White House Ww
John Podesta 07/21/2009 Christina M. Tchen Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement White House Ww
John Podesta 10/05/2010 Liz Sherwoodrandall White House Ww
John Podesta 10/05/2010 Liz Sherwoodrandall White House Ww
John Podesta 10/22/2010 Ron Klain Old Executive Office Building 202a
John Podesta 10/22/2010 Ron Klain Old Executive Office Building 202a
John D Podesta 06/01/2010 Ryan M. Harper Domestic Director Old Executive Office Building 130
John D Podesta 06/03/2010 Stephanie Cutter Assistant to the President for Special Projects Old Executive Office Building 82
John D Podesta 05/21/2010 Gregory S. Nelson Deputy Director of Public Engagement White House Rose Garde Car Rule/energy Efficiency Ev...
John D Podesta 04/15/2010 Stephen S. Moilanen Policy Analyst White House Ww
John D Podesta 04/15/2010 Rahm I. Emanuel Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff White House West Wing
John D Podesta 02/24/2010 Katherine B. Johnson Personal Aide to the President White House Oval Offic
John D Podesta 01/28/2010 Peter Orszag Old Executive Office Building 208
John D Podesta 12/21/2009 Ron Klain Old Executive Office Building 202
John D Podesta 12/03/2009 John Holdren Old Executive Office Building 591
John D Podesta 12/03/2009 Barack Obama President Old Executive Office Building South Cour
John D Podesta 11/19/2009 Leandra English White House Ww
John D Podesta 11/19/2009 Kristin J. Sheehy Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff White House Ww
John D Podesta 09/26/2009 Rahm I. Emanuel Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff White House West Wing
John D Podesta 09/18/2009 Kristin J. Sheehy Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff White House Ww
John D Podesta 06/30/2009 Rahm I. Emanuel Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff White House Westwing
John D Podesta 08/13/2009 Nancy-ann Min Deparle Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office for Health Care Reform White House Ww
John D Podesta 08/13/2009 Mike Froman Old Executive Office Building 428 Environment Ngo Meeting
John D Podesta 08/27/2009 Ron Klain Old Executive Office Building 202
John D Podesta 08/20/2009 Barack Obama President White House Oval Meeting
John D Podesta 04/13/2009 Peter Orszag Old Executive Office Building 252
John D Podesta 03/05/2009 Candace J. Chin Special Assistant White House Ww
John D Podesta 04/25/2009 Rahm I. Emanuel Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff White House Ww
John D Podesta 05/27/2009 Rahm I. Emanuel Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff White House Westwing
John D Podesta 06/30/2009 Rahm I. Emanuel Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff White House Westwing
John D Podesta 04/30/2009 Valerie B. Jarrett Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement White House Ww
John D Podesta 06/29/2009 Denis R. Mcdonough Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Chief of Staff White House Ww
John D Podesta 04/13/2009 Peter Orszag Old Executive Office Building 252
John D Podesta 02/02/2009 Barack Obama President White House Ovaloffic
John D Podesta 03/05/2009 Barack Obama President White House Eastroom
John D Podesta 02/13/2009 Kristin J. Sheehy Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff White House Ww
John D Podesta 06/01/2009 Kristin J. Sheehy Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff White House Ww
John D Podesta 07/07/2009 Kristin J. Sheehy Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff White House Ww
John D Podesta 11/01/2010 Peter M. Rouse Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor White House Ww
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The logs contain the names of people who enter the security gate at the White House, the Old Executive Office Building, the New Executive Office Building and the vice president's residence.

The database was created for internal use and includes some inaccuracies. The name of the person listed as receiving the visitor, for example, is often a junior-level staffer responsible for signing in the visitor, but is not necessarily the person meeting with the visitor. The Washington Post standardized staff names and matched them with the White House salary database to include the employee's title.

The logs released to the public often do not include visits by U.S. lawmakers and top administration officials who are not required to sign in at security gates. If the arrival time next to a visitor's name is blank, it may indicate that a scheduled appointment was changed or the visitor did not show up.

Some visits may be removed by the administration under its disclosure policy, including personal visits to the first family and those that, if disclosed, might compromise national security or law enforcement. The administration can also withhold visits that are deemed "particularly sensitive," such as interviews with potential Supreme Court nominees.

The logs are released on a monthly basis and on a three-month delay, so visits from January will be released in April, for example. The Obama administration began releasing visitor logs in September 2009 under the terms of a court settlement. Some visits that took place between January and September 2009 have been released selectively in response to requests from the public.

The administration initially refused to provide records to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and others who requested them, saying the logs were not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. In July 2009, CREW filed a lawsuit seeking access to the logs, ending in the settlement creating the database of visitor logs. The group Judicial Watch has brought an additional lawsuit seeking access to all entries in the logs, without exceptions, dating to the beginning of the administration.

SOURCE: Data.gov. GRAPHIC: Emily Chow, Jude Bowman, Greg Franczyk, T.W. Farnam - The Washington Post. Published May 21, 2012.

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