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).
RESCHEDULED, January 27th: RSVP for Open Government Town Hall on Transparent Policing and Accountable Law Enforcement
UPDATED, January 20, 2016: Our Town Town event has been re-scheduled due to the severe weather forecast. It will now be held on January 27th, 11am-1pm.
WASHINGTON, January 11, 2016 – The House passed/agreed on a motion to suspend the rules and pass the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act (H.R. 653), as amended. It was agreed to by voice vote.
By: Patrice McDermott
Originally published by USA Today
Add two more killings to the Chicago police death toll from this weekend in a familiar story. Unarmed people, mostly black men, shot by police. People, mostly black, dying in police custody. Over the past year, the consciousness of the American public has been seared with these stunning facts and shocking images. The deaths, and other instances of police violence that disproportionately target African-American communities, have fueled demands for greater transparency in reporting by police forces nationwide.
WASHINGTON, December 21, 2015 – Today, more than 20 organizations committed to government openness and accountability are calling for the President to take immediate action on the failure of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to comply with Presidential directives on open government.
Background: Over the past year, the openness community has joined privacy and civil liberties groups in fighting the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), legislation that undermines transparency and enhances surveillance while doing little to improve the government’s ability to combat cyber threats.
Today, OpenTheGovernment.org, Association of Research Libraries, Government Accountability Project, and American Association of Law Libraries submitted comments on the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)’s revisions to the governing document establishing policies for the management of federal information resources. We were joined by 7 other organizations in our coalition.