Press Releases


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


Second Annual National Event Will Explore Government Secrecy and Openness

Contact: Emily Feldman or Patrice McDermott, (202) 332-6736 Closed Doors; Open Democracies? A national dialogue with government openness experts Join Ira Flatow, host and executive producer of NPR’s Science Friday,   Read Full


DVD on Government Secrecy Conference Released

Contact: Patrice McDermott or Emily Feldman, 202-332-6736 A DVD examining the issues of government secrecy is now available for purchase on the Special Library Association (SLA) website for the cost   Read Full


Secrecy Report Card 2006: Report Finds Federal Government Still More Secretive

Contact: Emily Feldman or Patrice McDermott, 202-332-6736 View the Secrecy Report Card Government secrecy saw further expansion last year despite growing public concern, according to a report released today by   Read Full


Agency Responses to President’s Call for FOIA Improvement Do Not Disclose Much, Report Shows

Contact: Patrice McDermott, 202-332-6736 View the report July 3, 2006 In recognition of the 40th anniversary of FOIA, members and staff of OpenTheGovernment.org, the Sunshine in Government Initiative (SGI), Coalition   Read Full