Preserving Records

Preserving Records

A well maintained electronic record keeping system is critical for making government more open and accountable: it allows information from across the government to be understood in context and makes sure records are not lost or improperly erased.  OpenTheGovernment.org works with our partners, the Administration, and Congress to develop and advocate for legislative and regulatory reforms to improve electronic records management.

 

Senators Urge White House to Comply with Presidential Records Act

On March 3, Senators Claire McCaskill and Tom Carper wrote to White House Counsel Donald McGahn, voicing their concern about reports of White House officials using personal electronic messaging accounts while conducting official business, and asking that he ensure that President Trump and his staff are complying with the Presidential Records Act (PRA).

Updated: OMB responds to coalition letter on stripping online government data

On February 13, a group of 69 public interest organizations dedicated to open and accountable government, free speech, civil rights, consumer protection, the environment, and other issues called on federal agencies to fulfill their legal requirement to provide the public with adequate notice before removing public information from government websites. 

White House ensures preservation of Senate “Torture Report.” Public access to the report restricted for at least 12 years, agency copies still in question

In a critical measure for open and accountable government, the President  has taken an important step to preserve the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program (a.k.a. “The Torture Report”), by declaring that the White House’s copy of the report will be preserved under the Presidential Records Act (PRA).

OTG pushes Archivist to preserve Senate torture report

Following reports that the CIA inspector general's office had "mistakenly" destroyed it's only copy of the Senate torture report, OpenTheGovernment.org sent a follow-up to the April 28th letter in which groups called on the Archivist of the United States to ensure the preservation of the report.

Upholding the Right-to-Know in the Digital Age

Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email on a private server to conduct official government business sparked a storm of controversy. The email debate has served as a pivotal moment for the public to pressure the government to examine the way officials manage, preserve, and release information in the digital age.