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.

Coalition expresses support for DNI James Clapper in classification review

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:

OTG joins groups in opposing DoD FOIA change

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


Coalition letter calls for halt to NSA data sharing with law enforcement agencies

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.

Coalition Urges Congress to Move on Open CRS Bill

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. 

Letter to the House

Coalition Supports Congressional Request to Improve National Security Oversight

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.