On January 13, 2017, OpenTheGovernment.org and our partners at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) held a high-level roundtable meeting, bringing together experts to discuss avenues for advancing a more open and transparent approach to trade negotiations. The morning segment included OTG partners and experts from the Open Digital Trade Network. In the afternoon, representatives from the U.S.
OTG joins rights groups in support of Congressional call for dissemination of Senate “Torture Report”
Today, 40 members of Congress sent a letter, supported by OTG and a coalition of human rights and accountability organizations, urging President Obama to direct federal agencies to immediately open and internally promulgate copies of the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program (a.k.a. “The Torture Report”).
WASHINGTON, January 4, 2017 – Today, a coalition of organizations committed to promoting open and accountable government are calling on Senate leadership to demonstrate the commitment of the 115th Congress to conduct public business in full view of the public.
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).
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.