Creating Accountability by Increasing Access to Information


Congrats, President-Elect Biden! Now, Restore Accountability in the Federal Government

40 Advocacy Organizations & Experts Release Accountability 2021 Reform Agenda for Biden Administration — Open The Government today announced Accountability 2021, a robust agenda of actionable recommendations that president-elect Joe   Read Full


DHS Records Destruction Proposal Would Sanction Agency’s Persistent Misconduct

WASHINGTON – A coalition of transparency and accountability organizations, led by Open The Government, strongly oppose the Department of Homeland Security’s proposal to reclassify as “temporary” complaint records related to the agency’s extensive   Read Full


Open Government Coalition Urge Ratcliffe to Reverse Decision on In-Person Briefings on Election Security

Open The Government led a coalition of 11 organizations urging the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Director John Ratcliffe to reverse his recent decision to limit in-person   Read Full


New Lawsuit Fights Back Against White House’s COVID-19 Communication Secrecy

Even as the deaths of Americans from COVID-19 climb past 175,000, the Trump administration continues to oppose scientific transparency. After five months of being stonewalled by the Center for Disease   Read Full


New ICE/Clearview AI Contract Underscores Secrecy Around Government Facial Recognition Contractors

Following news reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) signed a $224,000 contract with the secretive, controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI, Lisa Rosenberg, executive director of Open The Government released the following   Read Full


Diverse Coalition Urges HHS to Reverse COVID-19 Data Reporting Requirement

Open The Government led a coalition of 27 organizations in urging Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to rescind a directive to hospitals, hospital laboratories, and acute care   Read Full


Finally: Amazon’s Rekognition Moratorium Long Overdue

Facial Recognition Technology Regulation: A Practical Guide for Congress

Note: On Amazon’s one-year moratorium on police use of Rekognition, Lisa Rosenberg, executive director of Open The Government, issued the following statement: Amazon’s decision to implement this one-year moratorium on police   Read Full


Long-Lasting Police Reform Must Embrace Transparency To Be Effective

George Floyd’s killing at the hands of Minneapolis police is the most recent in a spate of African-Americans dying in encounters with police officers around the country. As protests over   Read Full


OTG endorses stronger oversight, accountability, and transparency provisions in new CORE Act

Open The Government and several coalition partners endorsed the new Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics (CORE) Act, legislation introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Coons   Read Full


OTG team & Fox 5 DC discuss being mistaken for ‘reopen America’ advocates’ during the pandemic

Even though we have had the Open The Government name since 2003, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, some people believe OTG is advocating for reopening the country as   Read Full