As we have seen in the United States, political transitions can be a precarious time for government openness and accountability. There are myriad ways that governments backslide, ranging from abandoning international agreements and multi-stakeholder initiatives, to threatening the independence of courts and legislative bodies, to direct attacks against journalists, civil society and political opponents.
Coalition Expresses Opposition to Bill that would Drastically Expand Authority of Department of Homeland Security
The secrecy surrounding government surveillance has been a long-standing challenge for those working to defend against threats to Americans’ privacy, civil liberties and civil rights. Under the Trump Administration, advocates working on these issues have identified a growing need for greater transparency and accountability relating to government surveillance practices. There is a strong need to know, for example, how intelligence agencies are sharing information with the FBI and domestic law enforcement agencies, and the impact this has on the criminal justice system.
On Monday, OpenTheGovernment joined 37 other open government and accountability groups in supporting the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (ACMRA), H.R.4631. The ACMRA, which was introduced in the House and Senate this week, would require all agency reports submitted to Congress to be catalogued and published in a central repository. This repository would also track the progress of agency reports required by Congress.
New Report Reveals That Americans Think White House Is Most Corrupt Institution, with Congress Not Far Behind
December 13, 2017
Transparency International’s 2017 U.S. Corruption Barometer: Confidence Slipping in U.S. Institutions, but People Still Hopeful of Change, Says OTG
OpenTheGovernment is urging members of Congress to vote “No” on legislation that would repeal a critically important anti-corruption law that requires oil, gas and mining companies to disclose their payments to governments. The law, known as the “Cardin-Lugar transparency provision” or Section 1504, has been a crucial tool in U.S. efforts to combat corruption abroad, as well as to secure U.S. national and energy security interests.
December 6, 2017
Open the Government's Lisa Rosenberg was on The Bill Press Show today. She spoke about the problem of warrantless government surveillance. Lisa also discussed the FBI’s use of the new “Black Identity Extremist” (BIE) label, which has raised a number of accountability issues regarding the disproportionate impact it has on communities of color, religious minorities, and activists. You can check out the Bill Press Show daily at Billpressshow.com.
Today, Representative Mike Quigley introduced the Transparency in Government Act (TGA), legislation that encompasses a wide range of reforms aimed at enhancing transparency and accountability across government.
November 30, 2017
Cotton’s Troubling History Supporting Excessive Secrecy and Fighting Transparency Makes him Unfit to Serve as CIA Chief, Says OTG