Secrecy Check


The White House Ethics Transparency Act Packs a Simple Yet Practical Punch to Secret White House Ethics Waivers

Washington, D.C. — Open the Government supports the White House Ethics Transparency Act sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md) as it goes before the House Committee on Oversight   Read Full


Kevin McAleenan Requests Additional Border Funds as Coalition of Over 100 Organizations Condemn DHS Surveillance of Activists, Journalists, and Lawyers

Before his testimony to Congress today asking for more border funds, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan was the recipient of a coalition letter from over 100 organizations   Read Full


Will William Barr Stand on the Right (or Wrong) Side of History?

U.S. Attorney General’s actions will soon reveal whether he will honor coast-to-coast demands to make the Mueller report public Note: Barr received Mueller’s report concluding a 22-month investigation into Russian   Read Full


OTG Launches Sunshine Week Report on Amazon, Government Security & Secrecy

OTG Launches Sunshine Week Report on Amazon, Government Security & Secrecy ‘Government Inc.’ report shows weak transparency requirements and accountability mechanisms for private companies even as they work on government contracts Washington,   Read Full


New Amazon, Government Security & Secrecy Report Released at Freedom of Information Day Conference

Open the Government is releasing an in-depth case study, Government Inc.: Amazon, Government Security & Secrecy and hosting a panel discussion addressing  the primary concerns the public should have about   Read Full


Secrecy Check: FOIA in FY2013

Each year, the Office of Information Policy (OIP) collects and summarizes agencies’ FOIA reports to give a look at the broader state of FOIA processing.   Read Full


PCLOB Report: We Don’t Know How Many Americans’ Emails the NSA Collects Under Section 702—But We Don’t Need to Know

The following is cross-posted from The Classified Section, OpenTheGovernment.org's new blog on national security secrecy.   The Privacy and Civil Liberties officially released its long-awaited report into Section 702 of FISA yesterday.   Read Full


Secrecy Report 2013 –The Tip of the Iceberg

WASHINGTON, October 1, 2013 – Today’s release of the 2013 Secrecy Report, the 9th annual review and analysis of indicators of secrecy in the federal government by OpenTheGovernment.org, comes amid   Read Full


Through the Transparency Lens: An NSA Domestic Spying Primer

Earlier this June, documents published by the Guardian and the Washington Post revealed the great extent to which the National Security Agency (NSA) is scooping up Americans’ telephone and internet   Read Full


Secrecy Check: Classification and Declassification

Each year, the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) reports to the President on the statistics and costs government classification and declassification programs. The report for FY 2012 is available here.   Read Full