Washington, May 15, 2017 – Today, OpenTheGovernment called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General to take immediate action to ensure the preservation of and public access to records relating to the dismissal of former FBI Director James Comey.
Senate misses opportunity to demand greater transparency from Justice Department nominee on “secret law”
WASHINGTON, May 12, 2017 – On May 10th, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the confirmation of Steven A. Engel to oversee the Office of Legal Counsel -- an office in charge of reviewing potential executive branch actions and whether they violate the law.
On May 2, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released its annual surveillance report, revealing that the National Security Agency (NSA) collected 151 million phone records on Americans in 2016.
On April 24, the Supreme Court declined to hear ACLU v. CIA, ending the ACLU’s attempt to have the report from the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program (the “Torture Report”) deemed subject to FOIA and marking a significant defeat for government openness and transparency.
Updated: OTG and more than 50 organizations call on ICE to comply with FOIA, release data on immigration enforcement cooperation
Update: on May 9, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) filed a FOIA suit charging Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with unlawfully withholding information related to ICE's immigration enforcement actions and its interaction with other law enforcement agencies.
At today's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the FBI’s use of facial recognition technology, serious secrecy and privacy concerns were raised about the collection, sharing and use of such biometrics data. Greater oversight and transparency, areas of serious concern for open government groups and civil rights advocates alike, are critical to ensuring the public’s right to know about the expanding collection and use of such data.
WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 – Today, a coalition of organizations dedicated to government openness and accountability, privacy, human rights, civil rights, and immigrant rights wrote to the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security to urge them to address concerns stemming from recent executive actions on immigration and refugees.
OpenTheGovernment.org (OTG) is pleased to announce its new Executive Director, Lisa Rosenberg. Lisa joins OTG today, March 20, 2017. She succeeds Patrice McDermott, who is retiring after more than a decade leading the organization.
Lisa Rosenberg , Incoming OTG Executive Director, said:
“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to lead OTG’s engaged community of organizations working to make the government more open and accountable. This work is more important than ever and I look forward to getting started.”
In the spirit of Sunshine Week, and National Freedom of Information Day, Senators Feinstein, Leahy, Cornyn, and Grassley sent letters to the Trump Administration on March 15, 2017, calling for full compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and strong implementation of the 2016 FOIA reforms. The letters request information on the specific steps that are underway to carry out the reforms passed last year, and to improve proactive disclosure of information.