Press Releases


OTG & POGO call for answers from Secretary Nielsen about newly disclosed memo on family separation

Today, Open the Government and the Project On Government Oversight are calling for Congress to question Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen about her statements made under oath regarding the administration’s practice of   Read Full


Open the Government praises efforts to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act

Legislation would go far to increase government openness & shine light on private contractors Today, Senator Elizabeth Warren unveiled legislation encompassing a wide range of reforms to enhance ethics, transparency   Read Full


Family Separation Crisis Highlights Urgent Need for Transparency in Immigration System

The Trump administration’s policy to separate families, followed by a rollback that would instead indefinitely detain parents and their children, has made clear that the immigration system lacks crucial transparency   Read Full


OTG Applauds Sen. Merkley for Introducing AUMF Bill That Offers Alternative to Corker-Kaine

Bill Aims to Reassert Congressional Constitutional War Authority and Avoid Endless Wars   Read Full


Coalition calls on ICE to meet congressionally mandated transparency requirements

ICE Has Missed Two Detention Reporting Deadlines Set By Congress In March   Read Full


In Letter Signed by More than Thirty Organizations, Members of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence urged to Oppose Gina Haspel CIA Nomination

The groups are concerned that Haspel supervised torture, facilitated its cover-up, and obstructed access to her record on these matters.   Read Full


Open the Government Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg Releases Statement for the Record Opposing Gina Haspel’s Nomination to Lead the CIA

Congress and the Public have been Subjected to a Selective Disclosure Campaign by the CIA in Favor of Gina Haspel’s Nomination, Asserts Rosenberg   Read Full


Coalition Calls on Congress to Oppose Defense Department’s FOIA Exemption Carve-Out

Exemption Could Lead to Shielding Information about Sexual Assault Complaints, Contractor Oversight, and Interrogation and Treatment of Prisoners   Read Full


OTG’s Executive Director Applauds Congress for Protecting the Public’s Right to Know About the Results of the Mueller Investigation

Bipartisan Amendment Ensures Transparency and Accountability for Future Investigations by Special Counsels   Read Full


OTG Supports the Special Counsel Transparency Act of 2018 to Ensure the Results of Mueller’s Investigation are Preserved and Shared with Congress

The People Deserve Answers and Accountability and this Bill Helps Provide It   Read Full