On September 21, OTG's Patrice McDermott spoke at a Congressional Transparency Caucus briefing hosted by Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA). The panel was moderated by Demand Progress' Daniel Schuman, and also included Shanna Devine (Government Accountability Project) and Christian Hoehner (Data Transparency Coalition).
On March 13th, OpenTheGovernment.org presented two panels in partnership with the Newseum Institute, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Sunshine in Government Initiative, and the American Library Association.
In creating the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Congress charged the office with the dual responsibility of mediating disputes regarding Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests between requesters and federal agencies, and providing Congress and the President with recommendations on how to improve agencies compliance with the FOIA. At five years old, OGIS faces challenges and changes.
On May 29th, 2014 Executive Director Patrice McDermott testified before the Subcommittee on Government Operations of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Her testimony addressed the growing use of the unclassified designation of information in executive branch departments and agencies.
In the video below, Executive Director Patrice McDermott discusses how the open government community took on the use of "sensitive but unclassified" information.
In the video below, Conrad Martin of the Fund for Constitutional Government (OTG's fiscal sponsor) discusses our work across sectors and importance going forward.
The Freedom of Information Day celebration kicked off with a discussion about OpenTheGovernment.org's founding, achievements, and future. Watch the video of the panel below.
OpenTheGovernment.org officially launched during Sunshine Week in 2004, but the discussions about secrecy and the need for a united openness front began long before. On May 8th, we will celebrate our anniversary and release a video about OpenTheGovernment.org. But as a preview of the celebration, we will post clips from the interviews we've conducted with our founders and supporters.
In the video below, Gary Bass, Executive Director of the Bauman Foundation and OTG co-founder, discusses how OTG worked with its partners to set concrete priorities for the new Obama administration.