Daniel writes "According to the Apr 16 NCH WASHINGTON UPDATE, aside from concerns about Mr. Weinstein's academic practices there are two sensistive groups of records that are supposed to come open early next year:1) "in January 2005, the first batch of records(the mandatory 12 years of closure having passed) relating to the president's father's administration will be subject to the PresidentialRecords Act (PRA) and could be opened. "2) "The 9-11 Commission records. Because there is no mandatory 30-year closure rule (except for highly classified White House and Executive Department records and documents), all materialsrelating to the commission are scheduled to be transferred to the National Archives upon termination of the Commission later this year. These records could be made available to researchers and journalists as soon as they areprocessed by NARA."I did not realize that the first President Bush's records were becoming available OR that there would be no seal on the 9/11 commission records.Given the current President's record on sealing records (moving gov records out of TX archives, issuing EO allowing relatives of dead presidents to w/hold papers) and his potential appointee's possible track record in withholding sources from other researches, it seems important for Congress to hold detailed confirmation hearings. It might also be prudent to simply reject this candidate and find a professional archivist."