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.
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 has joined a coalition of open government, civil rights, human rights, journalist and civil liberties organization in calling on the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to follow through on his pledge to “provide transparency on matters of public interest” and disclose to the public:
RSVP now for a Town Hall on Improving Transparency & Oversight in Immigration Detention – November 3rd
OTG, openness groups publish Proposal to Strengthen Records Accountability in the next Administration
OTG joins coalition in calling for DOJ investigation of law enforcement use of face recognition technology
Today, OpenTheGovernment.org is joining a coalition of civil liberties, civil and human rights, immigrant rights, faith, digital rights and transparency organizations, in expressing concern regarding the use of face recognition technology by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.