WASHINGTON, February 17, 2016 – OpenTheGovernent.org today released a report, developed by 23 civil society organizations, on the progress made by the Administration in its Open Government commitments over the last two years. Among the findings, the report highlights the shortcomings in the completion rate, lack of political mandate and follow-through, and need for greater focus on civil society/government collaboration.
OTG Forum Identifies Opportunities for Engagement on Transparent Policing and Accountable Law Enforcement Advocacy
“The data helps us balance the playing field” – grassroots organizers speaking at OTG’s January 27, 2016 town hall
On January 27, 2016, OpenTheGovernment.org hosted a Town Hall event attended by open government organizations, data specialists, civil right groups, grassroots organizers, and criminal justice proponents. The panelists were Kanya Bennett (ACLU), Sakira Cook (Leadership Conference), Damian Ortellado (Sunlight Foundation), and Scott Roberts (ColorofChange).
As the devastating full story of the Flint water scandal unfolds, it has become clear that the Flint city and Michigan state governments were not alone in covering up crucial public health information.
WASHINGTON, February 2, 2016 – Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a classified hearing on Section 702 of the FISA – a legal provision used to acquire the communications of Americans and people around the world alike without a warrant.
Open government groups express support FOIA reform, and concern over carve-outs for the intelligence community
WASHINGTON, January 15, 2016 – Today, more than 40 organizations committed to government openness and accountability sent a letter to the leadership of the House of Representatives expressing our support for reforms to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).