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10 Years of Opening the Government

On May 8 OpenTheGovernment.org will be celebrating our 10th anniversary. Click here to see interviewers with and statements from our founders, funders, and champions!

Focusing on Surveillance Transparency

Thanks to documents disclosed by Edward Snowden, we now know that the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance programs are much broader and more invasive than what many believed to be allowed by the law. The ongoing debates about reforming our surveillance programs highlight the need for more transparency in our national security programs. Check out our section on SURVEILLANCE TRANSPARENCY to keep up with the latest from our partners and allies, Congress, and the Executive Branch.

Justice's Opportunities to Make FOIA Work Better for the Public

After our recent meeting with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to discuss the open government community's ideas for how to make the department more open and accountable, the Associate Attorney General, Tony West, invited us to speak with DOJ's FOIA Council. The Council is a group of agency officials from all of DOJ's components that meet on a quarterly basis to discuss how they can improve DOJ's processing of FOIA requests.

Statement from Senator John Cornyn on OTG's 10th Anniversary

Senator John Cornyn is a longtime supporter of open government. In the statement below, Senator Cornyn commemorates OTG's 10th anniversary.

Statement from Senator Patrick Leahy on OTG's 10th Anniversary

Senator Patrick Leahy is a longtime champion for open government and the Freedom of Information Act. His statement commemorating our 10th anniversary is below. 

OTG at 10: How We Work

On May 8th, we will celebrate our anniversary and release a video about OpenTheGovernment.org. But as a preview of the celebration, we will post clips from the interviews we've conducted with our founders and supporters. 

In the video below, the first coordinator of OTG Rick Blum discusses how OTG has grown into its role in the open government community. 

Twenty Open Government Groups Ask House Intelligence and Armed Service Committees to Support Targeted Killing Transparency

In an open letter to the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, OpenTheGovernment.Org and nineteen other pro-transparency organizations asked Congress to support H.R. 4372, the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act.

DOD FOIA Response Adds a New Meaning to the Term "Snail Mail"

In today's mail we received a new example that illustrates why we called the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) "anything but an efficient and effective tool that the public can use to get timely access to government records" in our recent testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee: a final response to a FOIA request we made to the Department of Defense (DOD) almost a year and a half ago, and that DOD had told use to expect within "

House and Senate Support Open Gov Initiatives - April 15, 2014 Newsletter

– Brief Updates on Coalition Partners & Others (more)
– Two Organizations Join the Coalition (more)
– Senate Passes the DATA Act (more)
– A Step Forward for Legislative Data (more)
– OTG Elsewhere (more)
– Join the Open Government Discussion Between Feds and Advocates (more)
– Watch the Trailer for 1971 FBI Break-In Documentary (more)


Opening Doors at the Department of Justice

On April 8 OpenTheGovernment.org and a number of our partners sat down with Tony West, the Associate Attorney General (the number three person at the Department of Justice DOJ),  to discuss areas where we believe DOJ could take significant steps to make the department more open and accountable. 

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Celebrate our 10th anniversary with us on May 8th, 2014! More information available here

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