Press Releases

Open The Government, CREW applaud reintroduction of Private Prison reform Legislation

The bill addresses lack of accountability surrounding private prisons, jails, and detention centers that house federal inmates Washington – Today, following Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and Representative Jamie   Read Full

Clearview AI Subpoenas Open The Government for Communications with Journalists

[UPDATE: After OTG went public about the subpoenas from Clearview AI, the company withdrew its subpoenas on September 27, 2021.] The company demanded records after OTG exposed some law enforcement   Read Full

For the People Act Deserves Unwavering Support Despite Latest Senate Republican Opposition

Washington, D.C. – After Senate Republicans blocked a floor debate on the For the People Act, Lisa Rosenberg, executive director of Open The Government released the following statement: “Today, in an   Read Full

House Vote to Repeal Iraq War Powers Bolsters Accountability

Washington, DC — On the United States House of Representatives’ vote to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force against Iran, Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director of Open The   Read Full

Justice Department reform is long overdue

Washington, DC — On restoring accountability to the Department of Justice after its secret efforts to obtain the phone records of lawmakers and journalists were recently exposed, Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director of Open   Read Full

Senate’s “Flawed” Vote on January 6 Commission

Washington, DC — On the Senate’s vote blocking commission to investigate Capitol attack, Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director of Open The Government issued the following statement: “Senate Republicans’ decision today to   Read Full

OTG Coalition, Former Government Ethics Chief Calls on White House to Release Virtual Visitor Logs

Washington – Today, Open The Government led a coalition, including 13 transparency and ethics organizations, and Walter Michael Shaub Jr., the former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, in   Read Full

OTG Announces Three New Steering Committee Members

The new additions each bring a unique background of expertise and commitment to government transparency and accountability Washington, D.C. — Open The Government welcomed Dr. Jeanine Abrams McLean, John Yang, and Nick Chedli   Read Full

Biden’s Ethics Plan Earns First Victory for Accountability Reform Advocates

(Washington) —  By signing an executive order on ethics commitments for the executive branch on his first day in office, President Joe Biden demonstrated the importance of structural ethics reforms that   Read Full

A reprehensible attack on our democracy

(Washington) — Open The Government released the following statement from Lisa Rosenberg, executive director, in response to the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol earlier today: “The insurrection on Capitol Hill   Read Full