Events

2017 Trade Transparency Roundtable: Advancing an openness agenda on trade negotiations

On January 13, 2017, OpenTheGovernment.org and our partners at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) held a high-level roundtable meeting, bringing together experts to discuss avenues for advancing a more open and transparent approach to trade negotiations. The morning segment included OTG partners and experts from the Open Digital Trade Network. In the afternoon, representatives from the U.S.

OTG's Patrice McDermott joins Transparency Caucus briefing panel

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).

FOI Day Mock Caucus Sparks Debate on Transparency Priorities

On March 11th, OpenTheGovernment.org joined the Newseum Institute, the American Society of News Editors, Sunshine Week, and the American Library Association in hosting National Freedom of Information Day at the Newseum. Among the day’s full schedule of events, OTG organized a mock caucus allowing attendees to weigh in on which of four issues presented they viewed as the top policy priorities for strengthening accountability and open government in 2017.

Watch: Freedom of Information Day 2015

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.

RSVP: FOI Day March 13, 2015

The 16th annual FOI Day program will feature a discussion of “Open Government: Successes, Challenges, Prospects,” presented by OpenTheGovernment.org, a discussion of the first ten years of the “Sunshine Week” national open records initiative, presented by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the American Society of News Editors, and much more. Learn about the complete program here.

RSVP for "OGIS at Five" on October 31

On October 31st, OpenTheGovernment.org, the Newseum Institute, and the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) will host a half-day event examining OGIS’s successes and challenges in its first five years of operation. OGIS is tasked with mediating FOIA disputes and monitoring agency compliance with the law.

Join OTG, OGIS, and the Newseum Institute for "OGIS at 5" on October 31st

The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) opened its doors five years ago, with responsibilities to mediate disputes regarding Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests between requesters and federal agencies, and to provide Congress and the President with recommendations on how to improve agencies compliance with the FOIA.

At five years old, OGIS faces challenges and changes. Join OGIS, OpenTheGovernment.org and the Newseum Institute for a half-day discussion on OGIS’ past and future, beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 31. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

RSVP here, or watch the live-stream here with stream ID 103114newseum