White House ensures preservation of Senate “Torture Report.” Public access to the report restricted for at least 12 years, agency copies still in question

In a critical measure for open and accountable government, the President  has taken an important step to preserve the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program (a.k.a. “The Torture Report”), by declaring that the White House’s copy of the report will be preserved under the Presidential Records Act (PRA).

Coalition calls on the Obama Administration to halt efforts to weaken the FOIA and the Privacy Act

Today, a coalition of organizations committed to promoting government openness and accountability, and to the defense of privacy rights, is calling on the Obama Administration to protect two laws that serve as the twin pillars of government accountability -- the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act. The letter asks the Administration to suspend any pending rules or regulations that would diminish the effectiveness of the laws.

Coalition praises removal of harmful FOIA exemptions from final NDAA legislation

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2016 – In a major win for government openness and accountability, Congress has removed three harmful exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) from the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017. The FOIA exemptions would have severely undermined the FOIA by creating an unnecessary secrecy provision and a carve-out from the FOIA for the Pentagon.

Coalition calls for President Obama to take urgent action on national security transparency and accountability

WASHINGTON, November 21, 2016 – Today, a coalition of organizations committed to promoting government openness and accountability, and to the defense of civil liberties, civil rights, and privacy rights, is calling on President Obama to take urgent steps to disclose information related to critical areas of national security-related secrecy before the end of his term.

OTG Town Hall reveals common goals for openness and immigrant rights’ communities

On November 3rd, OpenTheGovernment.org hosted immigrant rights’ advocates, open government experts, and others for a discussion on improving transparency and oversight in the U.S. immigration detention system. Participants shared their experiences challenging government secrecy around immigration detention, as well as their expertise on FOIA and other mechanisms they have used to push for government transparency and accountability.