Press Releases

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, the Sunshine in Government Initiative (SGI), Coalition   Read Full

Post Katrina-Related Contracts Online, Groups Tell Bush

December 15, 2005 — Contact: Emily Feldman, 202-332-6736 View the letter More than 50 organizations, including civil liberties, media, library, and environmental groups, sent a letter to President Bush urging   Read Full

Secrecy Report Card 2005: Government Secrecy Grows, Few Controls

September 1, 2005 — Contact: Patrice McDermott, 202-332-6736 View the Secrecy Report Card 2005 See Representative Shays’ statement   Government agencies are expanding secrecy in many areas, according to the   Read Full

MEDIA ALERT: Media Call for Release of 2005 Secrecy Report Card will hold a conference call for reporters and editorial board members for the release of its second annual Secrecy Report Card on Thursday, Sep. 1, 2005 at 12:30ET. This   Read Full

The Federal Government Keeps More Secrets for Longer, New Data Shows

The federal government set a new record for keeping secrets in 2004, during which government employees chose to classify information a record 15.6 million times, according to new government figures   Read Full Lauds Journalists Celebrating Sunshine Week, Places Ads Online

Washington, DC – The coalition applauds journalists across the country who are taking part in Sunshine Week, the first national effort by journalists to focus attention on the importance   Read Full