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.
Open government groups call on ODNI to remove burdensome cost barriers to mandatory declassification
WASHINGTON, March 25, 2016 – Today, 16 organizations committed to government openness and accountability submitted comments to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) opposing a new proposal that would severely restrict the ability of the public to file requests to declassify information held by the intelligence community.
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).
Today, 19 library, media, and open government organizations sent letters thanking the cosponsors of the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016 in the House and Senate.
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.
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).
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.
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.