Preserving Records


More Than a Dozen Organizations Urge Defense Department to Reverse Decision to Limit Afghanistan War Reports

A cross-section of organizations signed a letter late last week to acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan calling for a reversal of the military’s decision to stop collecting and releasing important   Read Full


Overly Politicizing Redacted Mueller Report Would Miss What’s Really at Stake

Statement of Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director, Open the Government Note: On the Thursday release of the redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on the Russia investigation by   Read Full


OTG supports Quigley bill to codify preservation of presidential tweets

President Trump’s unprecedented use of Twitter has for months prompted concerns over preservation of his Twitter accounts. While the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has made clear that all   Read Full


OTG: The White House must not purge President Trump’s conversations with foreign officials

OpenTheGovernment is concerned that the transcript of President Trump’s May 10 conversation with Russian officials is at risk, and is calling on the White House to immediately make available a   Read Full


OTG calls on IG to ensure preservation and access to records on Comey firing

Washington, May 15, 2017 – Today, OpenTheGovernment called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General to take immediate action to ensure the preservation of and public access to records relating   Read Full


Senators Urge White House to Comply with Presidential Records Act

On March 3, Senators Claire McCaskill and Tom Carper wrote to White House Counsel Donald McGahn, voicing their concern about reports of White House officials using personal electronic messaging accounts   Read Full


Updated: OMB responds to coalition letter on stripping online government data

On February 13, a group of 69 public interest organizations dedicated to open and accountable government, free speech, civil rights, consumer protection, the environment, and other issues called on federal   Read Full


DataRefuge groups across the country race to save government climate data

We’ve written previously about the End Of Term Harvest and other ongoing efforts to preserve access to online government information as the Trump administration takes office. The EOT Harvest team,   Read Full


Volunteers work to preserve access to vulnerable government information, and you can help

Coalitions of government, university, and public interest organizations have been working to ensure as much information as possible is preserved and accessible, amid growing concern that important and sensitive government   Read Full


White House ensures preservation of Senate “Torture Report.” Public access to the report restricted for at least 12 years, agency copies still in question

In a critical measure for open and accountable government, the President  has taken an important step to preserve the Senate’s investigation into the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program (a.k.a. “The   Read Full