Strengthening Checks and Balances


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


New Bipartisan FOIA Bill Punches Back at Attacks

Bill will protect public access to information from private entities that do business with the government following Supreme Court decision. The new Open and Responsive Government Act of 2019, introduced   Read Full


Enough with Congressional Hearings on Facial Recognition: Pointers to Regulate the Technology

Recent news headlines about federal agencies using facial recognition technology to scour state databases around the country for Americans’ driving licenses without their knowledge or permission is rightfully drawing the   Read Full


FOIA Request by OTG & ACLU Uncovers Significant Racial Disparities in DC’s Police Arrests

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Open the Government and ACLU-DC, the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) recently provided extensive arrest data for   Read Full


The White House Ethics Transparency Act Packs a Simple Yet Practical Punch to Secret White House Ethics Waivers

Washington, D.C. — Open the Government supports the White House Ethics Transparency Act sponsored by Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md) as it goes before the House Committee on Oversight   Read Full


Access to government spending data in limbo as SCOTUS considers FOIA case

On April 22, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, a case that is likely to reveal the Court’s first interpretation of a   Read Full


Protecting the public’s right to know about the Special Counsel’s investigation

More than three quarters of Americans think the report on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into foreign influence in the 2016 presidential election should be released to the public.   Read Full