Earlier this week, OpenTheGovernment.org filed a detailed complaint with the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), arguing that even after the release of the Senate torture report’s http://www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/ind
In its second National Action Plan (NAP) for the Open Government Partnership (OGP), the White House committed to standardizing FOIA practices across federal agencies, improving agency FOIA processes by reducing backlogs and promoting proactive disclosure, and increasing FOIA trainings across the government. A new report from the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), made public on Friday, shows that the Administration’s commitments thus far have not led to significant FOIA improvements in poor-performing agencies, and illustrates the need for the government to adopt more ambitious commitments on FOIA in its forthcoming third Plan.
Yesterday, OpenTheGovernment.org joined the Government Accountability Project (GAP) and 35 other organizations in calling on the Senate to adopt the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) whistleblower protections that constitute Section 4 of the VA Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 1994).
Raising money for presidential libraries is frequently the source of controvery for outgoing administrations, as such fundraising is largely free of the restrictions imposed on other types of political donations. As President Obama begins securing donations for his own library, OpenTheGovernment.org joins Demand Progress and more than a dozen other organizations in calling for greater transparency in the fundraising process.
OTG held a community Town Hall event yesterday featuring speakers with years of experience promoting public access to information on U.S. security and development aid.
By Patrice McDermott & Jesse Franzblau*
The President’s pledge issued on his first day of office to usher in a “new era of openness” stands in stark contrast to his Administration’s secretive approach to trade negotiations. Most alarmingly, the public has been denied critically important information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations while representatives from over 500 business interests have had direct access to the texts and the ability to influence the agreement.
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