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News Highlights - December 1, 2014

President Barack Obama Signs Presidential Records Reform
Invention Secrecy Orders Reach a 20 Year High
National Archives Backs Off Plan to Destroy CIA Emails
White House Crowdsources Open-Government Playbook
UN Committee Criticizes US Record on Torture, Praises US on Extraterritorial Reach of Treaty

News Highlights - November 25, 2014

'Do-Nothing Congress' Poised to Enact Historic FOIA Reform
Even with the DATA Act, the Forecast for Transparency Remains Murky
New NSA Privacy Chief Promises Transparency

News Highlights - November 24, 2014

Letting Us in on an Immigration Secret
DHS Set to Destroy Government Network Surveillance Records
Awaiting Answers from DOE IG on Whistleblower's Accusations
National Archvies: Ok, So Maybe Letting the CIA Destory Emails Wasn't a Great Idea

News Highlights - November 21, 2014

Senate Judiciary Approves Bill to Codify 'Presumption of Openness'
DHS Needs to Improve FOIA Processing, Cost Reporting, Congressional Investigators Say
As Judiciary Chair, Grassley Likely to Push for Cameras in Supreme Court
Opinion: There's No Proof of Surveillance Abuse?
The CIA Wants to Delete Old Email; Critics Say 'Not So Fast'
Torture Report Fight Erupts in Chaos

News Highlights - November 20, 2014

A Rare Glimpse of Bipartisanship on Open Government
US Government Proposes More Transparency in Clinical Trials
Did the National Archives Give the CIA Permission to Destroy Evidence?
SSCI Leadership on Proposed Changes to CIA E-mail Destruction Policy
White House Putting Up 'Fierce' Fight to Conceal Torture Report
Before Snowden, a Debate Inside the NSA’s Statement on the Senate's Failure to Advance USA Freedom Act is disappointed at the Senate’s failure to advance the compromise version of the USA Freedom Act (S. 2685) last night. The bill contained important advances for transparency about surveillance, though they were only a first step towards the disclosures that are necessary to restore democratic accountability.

News Highlights - November 19, 2014

Primary Sources: How a New Bill Could Force More Government Transparency
The Third Time Around the Declassified Track, Some Things are Still Secret
Bill to Restrict NSA Data Collection Blocked in Vote by Senate Republicans
There's a Commerce Department 'SWAT Team' Opening Up Government Data
Dianne Feinstein Says Torture Report Almost Ready for Release After Months of Delay

News Highlights - November 18, 2014

"No Fly" List to Offer Increased Transparency
Is State's Reluctance to Disclose Hack a Double Standard?
Pentagon and Hill Officials Say They're Still in the Dark on Obama's New War Powers
OGIS Launches First Agency Assessment Supports Passage of the USA Freedom Act, Opposes Any Amendments to Weaken the Bill

Over the summer, and a group of other transparency organizations wrote to Senate leadership to request that they allow a floor vote on the Senate compromise version of the USA FREEDOM Act, without any changes that weaken the text.

News Highlights - November 17, 2014

Report: Secret Government Program Uses Aircraft for Mass Cellphone Surveillance
The Unblinking Stare
Justice Dept. Apologizes for Inaccuracy in National Security Letters Case
More Transparency in the Works at OSC
Will Obama Be the Last Open Data President?
At Supreme Court, Secretiveness Attracts Snoops

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