In the lead-up to a hearing on potential House of Representatives rules changes, OpenTheGovernment.org joined a coalition of groups across the political spectrum in calling on House leadership to reexamine and reform its oversight of the Intelligence Community.
Coalition: DOJ’s proposed implementation of Deaths In Custody Reporting Act does not meet the law’s requirements
Today, OpenTheGovernment.org joined a coalition of criminal justice, civil rights, human rights, faith-based, immigrant rights, and open government organizations in expressing concern over the Justice Department’s proposed implementation of the Deaths In Custody Reporting Act (DICRA) -- which requires states and federal law enforcement agencies, to report to the Attorney General certain information on the death of any person who is detained,
Wednesday, OpenTheGovernment.org joined 38 organizations and individuals in calling on Congress to remove a new FOIA exemption from the Senate version of the National Defense Authorization Act (FY 2017). The new exemption would seriously undermine recent FOIA reforms, and create a broad and unnecessary secrecy provision for the Department of Defense.
Read the full letter here.
Today, OpenTheGovernment.org joined 28 other openness, civil liberties, and privacy groups in calling on President Obama to quickly appoint a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) chair who has a strong background in privacy and civil liberties. The letter emphasizes the importance of the PCLOB as the only independent agency in the executive branch that serves to protect privacy and civil liberties in counterterrorism programs.
Yesterday, OpenTheGovernment.org joined 133 other networks, organizations, and individuals around the world in a letter calling on the World Bank to continue its important work pursuing a global right to information agenda. The letter, sent to World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim, addressed recent news that the Bank would be significantly reducing its capacity to work on right to know issues.
Coalition expresses concern over FBI proposal to exempt biometrics database from Privacy Act protections
OpenTheGovernment.org has joined a coalition of civil rights, human rights, immigrant rights, privacy and transparency organizations, and companies in expressing concern over an FBI proposal to exempt its extraordinary biometrics database – the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system --from virtually every key provision of the Privacy Act.