‘Ten Most Wanted’ List Highlights Government Secrecy

News Conference 2 pm Thurs. April 15 National Press Club, Zenger Room Embargoed for release 2 p.m. Thurs. April 15 Contact: Rick Blum, 202-234-8494 x238 Washington, D.C., April 15, 2004-A   Read Full

Ten Most Wanted Documents for 2004

The Ten Most Wanted Documents for 2004 is a list of documents that the public identified as the top documents the government should disclose to the public but does not.   Read Full

Chemical Security

Chemical facilities can endanger their workers and communities if not properly safeguarded. Security at such facilities became an important issue after the September 11 attacks.   Read Full

Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a Critical Energy Infrastructure Information (CEII) rule in March 2003, establishing new procedures outside of FOIA for requesting information. Companies holding CEII can   Read Full

Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU)/ Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

The threat to government openness and information access has been heightened due to a subtitle in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which had gone relatively unnoticed. Title VIII, Subtitle   Read Full

Critical Infrastructure Information (CII)

The Critical Infrastructure Information (CII) policy provides secrecy, civil immunity, preemption of state and local disclosure laws, and protection from whistleblowers to corporations that voluntarily submit information on infrastructure vulnerabilities.   Read Full

Public Trust & Accountability

A strong right of access to government information is a key component of an accountable government. In the simplest sense, accountability is being answerable for performance or results. Much of   Read Full

National Security

National security has long been recognized as a legitimate reason to restrict information from the public. The risk comes in not finding the proper balance between security and the public’s   Read Full

Environment, Health & Safety

Information has always been the fuel that powers the engine of environmental, health and safety protection. History shows that when environmental or health problems are made public, the public demands   Read Full


The people’s right to know is a foundation of democracy. Throughout history, the cardinal element in the formation of democratic societies — the element most feared and suppressed by totalitarian   Read Full