Patriot Act: Freedom to Read Protection Act

House Republicans, under strong pressure from the White House, narrowly defeated an amendment that would restrict the government’s ability to seize library and bookseller records under the Patriot Act. The   Read Full


Indian Affairs FOIA Exemption

Section 7 of S. 297, the Federal Acknowledgment Process Reform Act of 2003 exempts certain actions by the Interior Department’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs the Freedom of Information Act   Read Full


DHS Environmental Procedures Promote Secrecy

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to hide Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), partially or in whole, from public disclosure. A June 14 directive published in the Federal Register   Read Full


Policy and News Updates for September 14, 2004

If you have any policy items that you think should be included in our weekly updates, please send us an email.   Please forward this email on and encourage people   Read Full


Policy and News Updates for September 7, 2004

  Policy Updates   (New information is highlighted with [new] or [updated] in the title)     Read Full


Secrecy Report Card: Quantitative Indicators of Secrecy in the Federal Government

Secrecy Report Card: Quantitative Indicators of Secrecy in the Federal Government uses government data to now confirm what many have suspected: Secrecy has increased dramatically in recent years under policies   Read Full


Policy and News Updates for August 31, 2004

While the pre-Labor Day pace slows, take this opportunity to discover OpenTheGovernment.org’s Resource Center, which contains information on policy issues, advice and strategies on becoming an advocate, and other great   Read Full


‘Report Card’ Finds 60% Rise in Secrecy at a Rising Cost of 6.5 Billion Last Year

CONTACT: Patrice McDermott 202-332-6736 View the 2004 Secrecy Report Card. Government data confirm what many have suspected: secrecy has increased dramatically in recent years under policies of the current administration.   Read Full


Policy and News Updates for August 24, 2004

Policy Updates   (New information is highlighted with [new] or [updated] in the title) NOTE: Beginning with this week’s updates, we’re altering the format to (1) better clarify where your   Read Full


Policy and News Updates for August 17, 2004

Policy Updates   (New information is highlighted with [new] or [updated] in the title) NOTE: Beginning with this week’s updates, we’re altering the format to (1) better clarify where your   Read Full