On March 11th, OpenTheGovernment.org joined the Newseum Institute, the American Society of News Editors, Sunshine Week, and the American Library Association in hosting National Freedom of Information Day at the Newseum. Among the day’s full schedule of events, OTG organized a mock caucus allowing attendees to weigh in on which of four issues presented they viewed as the top policy priorities for strengthening accountability and open government in 2017.
Friday, OpenTheGovernment.org joined Demand Progress and 15 other openness and accountability organizations in a letter supporting Congressional oversight of national security programs. In the letter, the groups back a request from members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) for additional funding for the purpose of affording security clearances for HPSCI staff. This would grant HPSCI increased capacity for oversight, as more of its staff could access classified materials.
WASHINGTON, March 16, 2016 – Today, more than 40 organizations and individuals committed to government openness and accountability sent a letter to President Obama expressing deep concern over the efforts by the Justice Department to undermine legislation in the last Congress that would have strengthened the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
WASHINGTON, March 14, 2016 – Today, more than 40 organizations and individuals committed to government openness and accountability sent a letter thanking Senators Grassley, Leahy and Cornyn for their authorship of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (S.337), and urging the earliest possible passage of the bill.
Sunshine Week 2016 will take place March 13th to 19th, throughout Washington, DC, and across the country.
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has quietly released a new proposal that would severely limit the ability of the public to file requests to declassify information held by the intelligence community.