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Trump Administration Awards $55 Million N95 Masks Contract to Questionable Company

The shortage of N95 masks, vital medical supplies that can help curb the spread of COVID-19, has made headlines due to the pandemic. This time because the Trump administration awarded   Read Full


Protecting public access to information during the pandemic

Public access to information is vital during times of crisis, but government transparency is often sacrificed when it is needed most. The coronavirus pandemic is no different, and we are   Read Full


Trump Administration Restricted IG’s Access in JEDI Contract Investigation

On new audit report stating Defense Department inspector general could not fully review contested $10 billion JEDI Cloud contract because of “presidential communications privilege,” Lisa Rosenberg issued the following statement.   Read Full


Organizations Call on Congress to Oppose DoD Proposal to Weaken Lobbying Restrictions

A cross-section of organizations urged Congress to oppose the Department of Defense’s proposal to weaken restrictions on lobbying activity by former senior officials in the National Defense Authorization Act for   Read Full


DoD proposals for NDAA would weaken transparency, accountability when they’re needed most

Slated for late May, the markup schedule for this year’s National Defense Authorization Act is now in flux because of the congressional response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we don’t   Read Full


OTG in NYT Front Page Story on Facial Recognition

A little-known start-up helps law enforcement match photos of unknown people to their online images — and “might lead to a dystopian future or something,” a backer says. Until recently,   Read Full


47 Organizations Urge Congress to Support Amash-Lofgren Amendment and Rein in Warrantless Surveillance

More than 45 diverse organizations signed and sent a letter to members of Congress urging bipartisan support for the Amash-Lofgren amendment to H.R. 2740. The amendment would limit warrantless surveillance   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


Sunshine and Shadows – Part 1

Sunshine Week, an annual celebration of the importance of open government and freedom of information, wrapped up earlier this month. Now is a good time to highlight some of the   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