Press Releases


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


Citing Gina Haspel’s Role in Destruction of Torture Videos, OTG Leads Joint Letter Calling on Senate to Halt Her Nomination

America Needs a CIA Director Trusted to Send People Undercover to find the Truth, Not Someone Who Covers Up Torture to Conceal the Truth   Read Full


OTG Releases New Report Highlighting Challenges to Transparency in Washington, a Growing Surveillance State, and Attacks on Press Freedoms

Open the Government (OTG) released a new report, Closing Democracy’s Window: The Growing Culture of Secrecy in Washington and the Erosion of the Public’s Right to Know. To document the   Read Full


In Sunshine Week Declaration Condemning Threats to Openness, Coalition Warns that Laws and Norms Protecting Open Government are Being Eclipsed

Leading Organizations Call for More Accountability and Transparency, While Expressing Concern about Growing Culture of Secrecy in Washington   Read Full


Politically Diverse Organizations Call for Reforms to Reduce Government Secrecy Following Nunes Memo

Letter Sent to Congress Calls for Action to make Government Surveillance Less Secretive and More Accountable to Voters   Read Full


OTG’s Executive Director Condemns Reported Trump Decision to Keep Guantanamo Prison Open

Guantanamo military commissions have failed to secure terrorism convictions at the same rate as America’s more open and transparent federal courts   Read Full


Nunes Alleges FISA Abuse in Secret Memo; Yet he and Others Voted for Reauthorization of the Most Unregulated Area of the Law Without Protections for Americans

Congress and President Trump Should Use Opportunity to Revisit FISA and Discuss Updating Law to Ensure it is More Transparent and Accountable   Read Full


Trump Administration Blocks Access to Report on Handling of the Travel Ban; Open Government Groups Appeal Decision

OTG and POGO call for Immediate Disclosure to Ensure Accountability for Travel Ban Abuses   Read Full