OTG Launches New Torture Report Timeline

Torture Report Timeline

From the launch of the investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s detention and interrogation program in 2009 to present day, click through time in OTG’s new behind-the-scenes summary of the key milestones   Read Full


Investigating the Use of Facial Recognition: A Joint Project with MuckRock

Across the country, facial recognition technology is being quietly acquired and used by government agencies of all sizes. More than half of all adults in the United States are in   Read Full


Private Prison Information Act: Senator Cardin Introduces Legislation Following OTG Hill Briefing

Open the Government and the ACLU co-hosted a briefing at the Russell Senate Office Building to discuss the lack of accountability surrounding private prisons, jails, and detention centers that house   Read Full


A FOIA Win: Interior’s final rule drops changes that would have stifled public requests

The Department of Interior published its final Freedom of Information Act regulations, with significant changes from proposed revisions first issued in December 2018. The changes address concerns of public interest   Read Full


Letter to Committee on Homeland Security Entered into Congressional Record at DHS FOIA Hearing

At the ‘Public’s Right to Know: FOIA at the Department of Homeland Security’ hearing held by the Oversight, Management, and Accountability Subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security, several Open   Read Full


Statement on passing of Congressman Cummings

Open the Government issued the following statement on the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee: “Rep. Cummings was one of the greatest   Read Full


Impeachment Inquiry: A tough, but inevitable, pill for Trump given track record

More than a battle of the wills between the executive and legislative branches of our government, an impeachment inquiry is a process backed by the Constitution to hold the president   Read Full


Lawsuit Against Health and Human Services Highlights Need for Contractor Transparency

Open the Government filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services recently under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for failing to provide records on one of its   Read Full


Amazon: Fix Rekognition’s Flaws and Leave Facial Recognition Legislation to Congress

Facial Recognition Technology Regulation: A Practical Guide for Congress

After dismissing research indicating its facial recognition product ‘Rekognition’ disproportionately misidentified minorities and women, Amazon’s chief Jeff Bezos revealed the company is developing facial recognition legislation to pitch to Congress.   Read Full


New Facial Recognition Citizen’s Guide Empowers Public to Investigate Use of the Technology

The Citizen’s Guide by Open the Government and MuckRock explores federal, local and state agencies’ acquisition of controversial facial recognition technology over the last few years. Little is known about   Read Full