On March 3, Senators Claire McCaskill and Tom Carper wrote to White House Counsel Donald McGahn, voicing their concern about reports of White House officials using personal electronic messaging accounts while conducting official business, and asking that he ensure that President Trump and his staff are complying with the Presidential Records Act (PRA).
Sunshine Week 2017 will take place March 12th to 18th, throughout Washington, DC, and across the country. On Wednesday, March 15th, OTG is co-sponsoring an event at the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center, featuring a panel discussion hosted by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and the Newseum Institute, Accessing Information in the Trump Administration.
Since the Trump Administration took office, reports of information going missing from government websites have caused confusion and worry. Volunteers from government and civil society have been working to preserve as much online government data as possible, with groups like the End Of Term Harvest and DataRefuge bringing archivists and hackers together to harvest data and other information from government websites.
We’ve written previously about the End Of Term Harvest and other ongoing efforts to preserve access to online government information as the Trump administration takes office. The EOT Harvest team, made up of volunteers from government and civil society, are still collecting crowdsourced nominations for government URLs to harvest and preserve.
In 2016, OpenTheGovernment.org (OTG) worked to defend and strengthen open and accountable government, combat attempts to increase government secrecy, provide information to the public about their right to know, the need for open government reform, and much more. We know the public can provide oversight and seek redress only when it is aware of what its government is doing.
Among the 2016 highlights, as described below, OTG:
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.