Today, OpenTheGovernment.org joined 11 organizations in a letter expressing support for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's approach to the upcoming Fundamental Classification Guidance Review (FCGR) process. The letter commends DNI Clapper for his March memo to the heads of major intelligence agencies, stating that his hands-on approach promises a successful review. The groups also made two recommendations for how the FCGR could be even more effective in reducing the problem of overclassification:
Yesterday, OpenTheGovernment.org joined the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and 12 other groups in a letter opposing proposed changes to FOIA in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The letter outlines an alteration to FOIA proposed by the Department of Defense, that would expand the interpretation of exemption 2 and create an unecessary secrecy provision.
Read the full letter here.
WASHINGTON, April 7, 2016 – Today, more than 30 organizations committed to government openness, personal privacy, civil liberties and human rights, are calling for the halt to proposed policy changes that could allow domestic law enforcement and intelligence agencies to circumvent constitutional protections and pose new threats to the privacy and civil liberties of ordinary Americans.
Today, OpenTheGovernment.org joined Demand Progress and 30 other organizations in calling on the House and Senate to schedule a markup of the Equal Access to Congressional Research Service Reports Act of 2016 during the April work period. The letters give several reasons as to why an earlier hearing would be preferable, including the expected logjam of legislation in the coming months.
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.
Friday, OpenTheGovernment.org joined Demand Progress and 15 other openness and accountability organizations in a letter supporting Congressional oversight of national security programs. In the letter, the groups back a request from members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) for additional funding for the purpose of affording security clearances for HPSCI staff. This would grant HPSCI increased capacity for oversight, as more of its staff could access classified materials.
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).