Openness advocates and criminal justice groups join call for comprehensive data on police shootings

Today, a coalition of organizations committed to government openness and accountability are calling on Congress to pass legislation that would take an important step forward towards improving police transparency. The   Read Full


Open government groups call for new USTR “transparency officer”

In a letter sent today, OTG joined 22 groups and individuals committed to government openness and accountability to urge the USTR to reconsider the recent decision to appoint the USTR   Read Full


Openness groups call for DHS FOIA provisions to enshrine the “presumption of openness”

Open government and accountability organizations submitted comments yesterday on the proposal to amend the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) regulations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The letter expresses   Read Full


International Right to Know Day 2015: OpenTheGovernment.org calls for legislative reforms and Executive actions to improve FOIA

In recognition of International Right to Know Day, OpenTheGovernment.org calls on the Obama Administration to adopt meaningful commitments and support legislative reforms that would significantly improve the Freedom of Information   Read Full


OTG Holds Town Hall on Foreign Aid and Security Assistance Transparency

OTG held a community Town Hall event yesterday featuring speakers with years of experience promoting public access to information on U.S. security and development aid.   Read Full


The Demand for Transparency on Trade Negotiation: What the public needs to know about the TPP

By Patrice McDermott & Jesse Franzblau*   The President’s pledge issued on his first day of office to usher in a “new era of openness” stands in stark contrast to   Read Full


RSVP for September 9 Open Government Town Hall – Foreign Aid and Security Assistance Transparency

This September’s Town Hall will feature dynamic speakers who will engage in a lively discussion about government and civil society initiatives underway to make available information on foreign aid and   Read Full


Coalition Successfully Opposes Restrictions to FOIA – August 4, 2015 Newsletter

– Brief Updates on Coalition Partners & Others (more) – Coalition Successfully Opposes Restrictions to FOIA; Problems with CISA Remain (more) – Open Government Public Meeting: Ten Commitments for the   Read Full


OpenTheGovernment.org Joins the Day of Action Opposing Cybersecurity Bill

Congress Should Not Use Cybersecurity Legislation as a Pretext to Weaken FOIA As the U.S. Senate prepares to take up the Cybersecurity Information Sharing (“CISA”) Act, S. 754, open government   Read Full


Groups provide comments on proposed regulation on Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

After coordinating closely with the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) on the implementation of the CUI framework, open government groups submitted comments on the proposed regulation on CUI on July   Read Full