Improving Access

President signs most significant reform to FOIA since its original passage

June 30, 2016 – Today, the President signed the FOIA Improvement Act, codifying into law comprehensive bipartisan reforms to the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the first time in nearly a decade. The signing of the bill comes days before the 50th anniversary of the FOIA, signed into law on July 4, 1966. The FOIA Improvement Act is the result of a herculean effort on the part of Congressional leaders, staff members, and open government advocates who have been working to push the FOIA reform legislation that is critical to ensuring government accountability. 

ODNI revises rule on excessive MDR fees in response to public comments

UPDATE: April 25, 2016 – Today, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued a revised rule that amends excessive fee provisions that would have restricted the ability of the public to request the declassification of classified ODNI records. The new rule reflects the joint comments submitted by OTG and 15 other organizations, as well as the comments submitted by Federation of American Scientists.

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).