Creating Accountability by Increasing Access to Information


A FOIA Win: Interior’s final rule drops changes that would have stifled public requests

The Department of Interior published its final Freedom of Information Act regulations, with significant changes from proposed revisions first issued in December 2018. The changes address concerns of public interest   Read Full


Letter to Committee on Homeland Security Entered into Congressional Record at DHS FOIA Hearing

At the ‘Public’s Right to Know: FOIA at the Department of Homeland Security’ hearing held by the Oversight, Management, and Accountability Subcommittee of the Committee on Homeland Security, several Open   Read Full


Statement on passing of Congressman Cummings

Open the Government issued the following statement on the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee: “Rep. Cummings was one of the greatest   Read Full


Impeachment Inquiry: A tough, but inevitable, pill for Trump given track record

More than a battle of the wills between the executive and legislative branches of our government, an impeachment inquiry is a process backed by the Constitution to hold the president   Read Full


Lawsuit Against Health and Human Services Highlights Need for Contractor Transparency

Open the Government filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services recently under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for failing to provide records on one of its   Read Full


Amazon: Fix Rekognition’s Flaws and Leave Facial Recognition Legislation to Congress

Facial Recognition Technology Regulation: A Practical Guide for Congress

After dismissing research indicating its facial recognition product ‘Rekognition’ disproportionately misidentified minorities and women, Amazon’s chief Jeff Bezos revealed the company is developing facial recognition legislation to pitch to Congress.   Read Full


New Facial Recognition Citizen’s Guide Empowers Public to Investigate Use of the Technology

The Citizen’s Guide by Open the Government and MuckRock explores federal, local and state agencies’ acquisition of controversial facial recognition technology over the last few years. Little is known about   Read Full


35 Civil Society Groups Urge Senate to Promptly Amend FOIA

Last week, Open the Government joined a nonpartisan coalition of government openness, accountability, and human rights groups in urging the Senate to support the Open and Responsive Government Act. The   Read Full


Open the Government Leads “Immigration FOIA-thon” at Colorado Migrahack 2019

Immigration enforcement often takes place in the shadows, due to secretive and unaccountable government actions. Open the Government believes the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) can be an antidote to   Read Full


Data Breaches Spotlight Need for Greater Contractor Oversight by Congress

Americans are once again reading about another massive data breach that affects their privacy. This week, Capital One went public with a credit file breach affecting more than 100 million   Read Full