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Open the Government Fellowship Program: Spring 2019

Open the Government Fellowship Program: Spring 2019

 

Washington, DC

November 2018

 

Open the Government (OTG) is an inclusive, nonpartisan coalition that works to strengthen our democracy and empower the public by advancing policies that create a more open, accountable, and responsive government.

  • Creating Accountability by Informing the Public through Securing, Preserving and Increasing Access to Records
  • Protecting National Security by Decreasing Secrecy
  • Empowering Communities by Increasing Access to Information
  • Securing Checks and Balances by Addressing Threats to Norms of Access and Openness

OTG is seeking a research fellow for the spring of 2019 (January – May) to contribute to the coalition’s work to make the federal government more open, responsive, and accountable to the public. The fellow will have the opportunity to contribute to OTG’s reporting on immigration policies, secret wars overseas, attacks on press freedoms, and more. They will conduct research for OTG’s second annual report on the state of government secrecy and encroaching threats to democracy, which will be released during “Sunshine Week,” of March 2019. OTG presented last year’s report, “Closing Democracy’s Window,” at the Newseum, and it received media coverage from the Washington Post.   

 

Responsibilities:

  • Carry out research for OTG’s second annual “Closing Democracy’s Window” report.
  • Conduct interviews with journalists and openness advocates to update the case studies in the report on the secrecy challenges under the Trump Administration, focusing on the White House, DOJ, DHS, and EPA.
  • Conduct research on government contractors involved in immigration detention, foreign military operations and interrogation programs, social media monitoring, and other government services. 
  • Research private contracting on U.S. foreign assistance that includes military and police aid going to security forces responsible for human rights violations.
  • Develop and submit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and appeals and Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) requests to federal agencies.
  • Develop and submit public records requests to state agencies. 
  • Provide other administrative and research support as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Student or recent graduate of a BA or MA program in public policy, journalism, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and produce quality investigative research. Quantitative research skills a plus.
  • A commitment to strengthening our democracy and support for OTG’s mission. Familiarity with government and/or corporate oversight and accountability issues a plus.
  • Familiarity with the federal policy-making process. Hill or nonprofit experience a plus.
  • Collegial team player with a sense of humor.

The fellow will receive a stipend and recognition for their contribution to OTG’s annual report. To apply, please send resume, a brief cover letter explaining your interest in open government, and a writing sample to info@openthegovernment.org

OTG is an equal opportunity employer who encourages applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of its staff.

 

 

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