Press Releases


Government Secrecy on the Rise: New Book Updates 1987 Report on Government Secrecy

Contact: Drew Courtney (PFAW Foundation) (202) 467-4999 media@pfaw.org Patrice McDermott (OpenTheGovernment.org) (202) 332-6736 info@openthegovernment.org View the report For Immediate Release WASHINGTON, July 12, 2007 — The United States has faced   Read Full


Groups Urge Senate to Enact FOIA Reform on the Law’s 41st Birthday

Contact: Patrice McDermott, OpenTheGovernment.org, (202) 332-6736 Meredith Fuchs, National Security Archive, (202) 994-7000 For Immediate Release WASHINGTON, July 3, 2007 — As the 41st birthday of the Freedom of Information   Read Full


DVD on Second Sunshine Week Government Secrecy Conference Released

Contact: Patrice McDermott or Emily Feldman Organization: OpenTheGovernment.org Phone Number: (202) 332-6736 Email: info@openthegovernment.org For Immediate Release WASHINGTON, May 31, 2007 — A DVD recording of a Sunshine Week conference   Read Full


101 Organizations Urge Bringing OPEN Government Act to Senate Floor

Contact: Patrice McDermott, (202) 332-6736 May 17, 2007 – Today, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell received a letter signed by 101 organizations urging them to support   Read Full


Second Annual National Event Will Explore Government Secrecy and Openness

Contact: Emily Feldman or Patrice McDermott, (202) 332-6736 Closed Doors; Open Democracies? A national dialogue with government openness experts Join Ira Flatow, host and executive producer of NPR’s Science Friday,   Read Full


DVD on Government Secrecy Conference Released

Contact: Patrice McDermott or Emily Feldman, 202-332-6736 A DVD examining the issues of government secrecy is now available for purchase on the Special Library Association (SLA) website for the cost   Read Full


Secrecy Report Card 2006: Report Finds Federal Government Still More Secretive

Contact: Emily Feldman or Patrice McDermott, 202-332-6736 View the Secrecy Report Card Government secrecy saw further expansion last year despite growing public concern, according to a report released today by   Read Full


Agency Responses to President’s Call for FOIA Improvement Do Not Disclose Much, Report Shows

Contact: Patrice McDermott, 202-332-6736 View the report July 3, 2006 In recognition of the 40th anniversary of FOIA, members and staff of OpenTheGovernment.org, the Sunshine in Government Initiative (SGI), Coalition   Read Full


Post Katrina-Related Contracts Online, Groups Tell Bush

December 15, 2005 — Contact: Emily Feldman, 202-332-6736 View the letter More than 50 organizations, including civil liberties, media, library, and environmental groups, sent a letter to President Bush urging   Read Full


Secrecy Report Card 2005: Government Secrecy Grows, Few Controls

September 1, 2005 — Contact: Patrice McDermott, 202-332-6736 View the Secrecy Report Card 2005 See Representative Shays’ statement   Government agencies are expanding secrecy in many areas, according to the   Read Full