News broke Friday of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes on an ISIS-held area in Syria, resulting in as many as 106 civilian casualties. The airstrikes came on the heels of the military’s confirmation that U.S.
OpenTheGovernment is concerned that the transcript of President Trump’s May 10 conversation with Russian officials is at risk, and is calling on the White House to immediately make available a copy of the full record of the meeting to the congressional Intelligence Committees.
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.
We’ve started compiling resources on access to information issues in the Trump era, from our own site and around the web. We’ll keep updating as we go, so please let us know if there’s anything that we’ve missed.
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.