Public remains in the dark after abrupt Syria withdrawal announcement

Just two days before President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he would be immediately withdrawing American troops from Syria, Ambassador James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative on Syria engagement,   Read Full

A Citizen’s Guide to America’s Forever Wars and the Secrecy that Sustains Them

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America’s Forever Wars and the Secrecy that Sustains Them A Citizen’s Guide After 17 years, three presidents, $5.6 trillion, and hundreds of thousands of human lives lost, it’s time Americans   Read Full


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Pruitt Scandals Highlight Need for Congress to Act to Ensure Accountability, Inform the Public

WASHINGTON – Open The Government Executive Director, Lisa Rosenberg, criticized the latest case of excessive secrecy at the Environmental Protection Agency, in response to reports that Director Scott Pruitt hid   Read Full

Statement of Open The Government on Capital Gazette Shooting

Open The Government issued the following statement in response to the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland: Open The Government is devastated by the shooting at the Capital   Read Full

Proposed Senate reforms to Congressional Accountability Act fall short on transparency

More than 100 days after the House of Representatives passed legislation to address workplace harassment and discrimination in Congress, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Roy Blunt introduced yesterday their version of   Read Full

“Protecting her own image” – Gina Haspel nomination process shows need for classification reform

Immediately after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted favorably on Gina Haspel’s nomination to be CIA Director, Senator Ron Wyden issued a strong statement condemning the secrecy of the   Read Full

In hearing, Gina Haspel stokes fears about transparency, accountability

In her confirmation hearing today, Gina Haspel fueled fears that as CIA Director she would repeat the mistakes of the past and further undermine congressional oversight, transparency, and the rule   Read Full

Here are our questions for Gina Haspel

Open The Government Questions for Gina Haspel Confirmation Hearing On Wednesday, Gina Haspel will appear before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence to answer questions about her career at the   Read Full

Administration can’t claim transparency on latest terrorism report

​ This week, the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security released a report on terrorism-related crimes by foreign-born individuals, with a tweet from DOJ that seemed designed to   Read Full