2017 Trade Transparency Roundtable: Advancing an openness agenda on trade negotiations

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.

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.