Beyond Accolades: Garland’s Support for Transparency Should Mark New Era at the DOJ

Attorney General Merrick Garland championed the importance of the Freedom of Information Act in a video message to employees of the Department of Justice’s Office of Information Policy during Sunshine   Read Full


Virtual Briefing on the Freedom of Information Act, Challenges and Potential Fixes

OTG hosted a panel discussion on the importance of the Freedom of Information Act as a mechanism to defend our democracy and empower the public. Presenters discussed the overall records   Read Full


OTG Leads More than 30 Organizations in FOIA Advocacy Letters to Senate Judiciary and Attorney General Garland

Today, Open The Government led a coalition of more than 30 organizations urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on the Freedom of Information Act, and Attorney General Merrick Garland   Read Full


Reckoning & Repair Event: How to Empower Whistleblowers and Promote Accountability in 2021

Today, OTG and Government Accountability Project hosted a Facebook live as part of this week’s advocacy initiatives in support of the whistleblower protections mapped out in Accountability 2021 for the   Read Full


After Trump’s unprecedented attacks on inspectors general and whistleblowers, Biden must strengthen protections

A recent report in The Washington Post that Donald Trump obstructed more than half a dozen oversight probes offered more confirmation of his hostility towards independent oversight of the Executive   Read Full


Free Flow of Information Throughout Government Fosters Accountability

Guest Blog by Kathryn Foxhall, veteran reporter on federal health issues. Over the last 25 to 30 years there has been a surge in entities public and private prohibiting employees   Read Full


For Strong Pandemic Responses, Scientific Integrity Safeguards are Essential

Guest blog by Liz Borkowski, Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, George Washington University. One of the great success stories of the Biden administration’s first months is the fact that more   Read Full


Coalition Urges DHS to Reverse Decision to Block Media Access at US-Mexico border

Today, Open The Government led a coalition of 14 organizations in calling on the Department of Homeland Security to grant media access to border facilities. The letter provides several reasons   Read Full


Q & A with an Accountability Expert

Fran Reilly, Executive Director, News Leaders Association discusses why Sunshine Week and what it stands for will only grow in the future with the challenges, and even demise, of local   Read Full


OTG Leads Broad Coalition Urging House to Pass Scientific Integrity Act; OMB to Issue Guidance on Pandemic Data

Open The Government led a coalition of science, conservation, research and accountability organizations in calling on the House to pass the Scientific Integrity Act out of the House Science, Space   Read Full