25 Civil Society Organizations Urge Congress to Reject DoD’s Secrecy Proposal

Open The Government joined a coalition of civil society organizations urging Congress to reject the Department of Defense’s Freedom of Information Act exemption proposal in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021.

The unnecessary FOIA exemption would keep large swaths of DoD information from being released to the public, including crucial information about U.S. use of lethal force, and potentially even information about troop safety and oversight of contractors. The DoD has proposed this exemption each year for most of the past nine years, with the open government community sounding the alarm, and Congress ultimately refusing to grant the exemption.

Read the coalition’s letter on why the exemption is an “overbroad secrecy provision” that contradicts the basic transparency and accountability function of FOIA.