Press Releases


Good Government Advocates Ask for Transparency and Oversight of Bailout

WASHINGTON, December 8, 2008 – In light of the government’s commitment of an estimated $8.5 trillion of taxpayer money to financial rescue initiatives with no transparency and little oversight, OpenTheGovernment.org   Read Full


Secrecy Report Card 2008: Continued Expansion of Federal Government Secrecy Seen in 2007

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2008 – Government secrecy increased across a wide spectrum of indicators in 2007, according to a report released today by a coalition of over 70 open government   Read Full


Third Annual National Event Will Explore Executive Branch Secrecy and Tools for Openness

Contact: Chris Green or Patrice McDermott, (202) 332-6736 info at openthegovernment.org Media Advisory Join Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org and two panels of experts in a national dialogue addressing issues   Read Full


Secrecy Report Card 2007: Report Finds Expanded Federal Government Secrecy in 2006

Contact: Emily Feldman or Patrice McDermott, 202-332-6736 info@openthegovernment.org View the Secrecy Report Card 2007 WASHINGTON, Sep. 1 — Government secrecy saw further expansion last year despite growing public concern, according   Read Full


New flash animation: Democracy in Jeopardy!

Contact: Patrice McDermott or Emily Feldman Organization: OpenTheGovernment.org Phone Number: (202) 332-6736 Email: info@openthegovernment.org Watch the flash animation For Immediate Release WASHINGTON, August 3, 2007 — OpenTheGovernment.org invites you to   Read Full


Open Government Advocates Overcome “Gonzales Hold” on FOIA Bill; OPEN Government Act Passes Senate

Contact: Patrice McDermott or Emily Feldman Organization: OpenTheGovernment.org Phone Number: (202) 332-6736 Email: info@openthegovernment.org For Immediate Release WASHINGTON, August 3, 2007 — The United States Senate today joined the House   Read Full


Government Secrecy on the Rise: New Book Updates 1987 Report on Government Secrecy

Contact: Drew Courtney (PFAW Foundation) (202) 467-4999 media@pfaw.org Patrice McDermott (OpenTheGovernment.org) (202) 332-6736 info@openthegovernment.org View the report For Immediate Release WASHINGTON, July 12, 2007 — The United States has faced   Read Full


Groups Urge Senate to Enact FOIA Reform on the Law’s 41st Birthday

Contact: Patrice McDermott, OpenTheGovernment.org, (202) 332-6736 Meredith Fuchs, National Security Archive, (202) 994-7000 For Immediate Release WASHINGTON, July 3, 2007 — As the 41st birthday of the Freedom of Information   Read Full


DVD on Second Sunshine Week Government Secrecy Conference Released

Contact: Patrice McDermott or Emily Feldman Organization: OpenTheGovernment.org Phone Number: (202) 332-6736 Email: info@openthegovernment.org For Immediate Release WASHINGTON, May 31, 2007 — A DVD recording of a Sunshine Week conference   Read Full


101 Organizations Urge Bringing OPEN Government Act to Senate Floor

Contact: Patrice McDermott, (202) 332-6736 May 17, 2007 – Today, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell received a letter signed by 101 organizations urging them to support   Read Full