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.
OpenTheGovernment.org joined a coalition of human rights, civil liberties, and faith groups in expressing "grave concern" over recent statements made by Immigrations Custom and Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña on DHS use of private prisons in immigration detention.
Challenges to law enforcement transparency and accountability efforts highlighted at 2016 FOI Summit Session
On October 8th, OpenTheGovernment.org organized and moderated a session on law enforcement transparency and accountability at the 2016 National Freedom of Information Coalition FOI Summit. The session continues OTG’s work to identify avenues to support the work of the civil rights and social justice community on law enforcement reform.