Open the Government Praises Congress for Removing Harmful Amendment that Would Further Militarize Police Departments
This Victory is a Good First Step in Ensuring Our Police Departments Don’t Look Like Platoons, Says OTG
WASHINGTON – Open The Government, a leading advocate for transparency to promote government accountability, applauds the defeat of a dangerous provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have made it easier for the military to transfer excess hardware to federal, state and local police departments.
Open The Government Supports Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s Calls for Accountability and Transparency of Sexual Harassment Settlements in Congress
The People Have a Right to Know When Their Tax Money is Used for a Sexual Harassment Slush Fund, Says OTG
WASHINGTON – Open The Government, a leading advocate for transparency to promote government accountability, praised Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) today for calling on more "accountability” and “transparency” in dealing with sexual harassment in Congress.
Last week, the CIA announced that it was declassifying and releasing a new trove of documents from the government’s files on Osama bin Laden, ostensibly in the interest of transparency and public education.
Coalition calls for stronger surveillance reforms to protect against warrantless surveillance of Americans
Today, OTG joined a letter calling on members of the House Judiciary Committee to close the loophole in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that the government uses to conduct surveillance of Americans without a warrant.
OTG Town Hall: Exposing secret government surveillance and combating threats to privacy, civil liberties and civil rights
Join us for an OpenTheGovernment town hall to discuss efforts to combat secrecy and build consensus around ways to address constitutional threats stemming from warrantless government surveillance programs. Experts will provide insight into the policies and practices that give the FBI and domestic law enforcement access to information collected without a warrant, and the dangers this poses to privacy, civil liberties, and civil rights (RSVP here).
In its first nine months in office, the Trump Administration has shown its antipathy to open government and international agreements. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the administration has delayed releasing a “National Action Plan” (NAP) to articulate goals for increasing government transparency and accountability.
OpenTheGovernment joined a letter of support today for bipartisan legislation to reform the warrantless surveillance law that gives the government sweeping authority to collect communications of people within and outside the U.S. -- Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Social media monitoring poses new threats to privacy, freedom of expression, and the public’s right to know
OpenTheGovernment has joined a coalition of government accountability, privacy, and civil liberties organizations expressing concern over the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposal to collect and store social media information for individuals’ visa and immigration records.
House bill needs stronger reforms to ensure transparency and accountability for government surveillance programs
Updated: October 13, 2017 - Today, OpenTheGovernment joined a coalition of government accountability, privacy, civil rights and civil liberties organizations, calling on Congress to strengthen the surveillance reform bill introduced by the House Judiciary Committee last week.