Press Releases


Not Fine: Trump continues target on IGs

On the removal of Glenn Fine as acting inspector general of the Department of Defense, and chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee appointed to oversee $2 trillion coronavirus relief   Read Full


Trump a King in His Mind

Note: On Trump’s firing of Michael Atkinson as inspector general of the intelligence community, Lisa Rosenberg, executive director of Open The Government, released the following statement: Trump’s decision to fire   Read Full


Jared Kushner’s Coronavirus Response Shows White House Incapable of Prioritizing American Lives

Note: Following Jared Kushner’s comment late last week that the Strategic National Stockpile is meant for federal use and not intended for states’ need and the Department of Health &   Read Full


New OTG Report Finds Abuses Persist at DHS Fusion Centers

Open The Government today released a new report on state and local “fusion centers,” created to share counterterrorism intelligence across government agencies to prevent the communication and coordination failures that   Read Full


Statement on ICE’s secretive facial recognition searches and Clearview AI Data Breach

Open The Government, in collaboration with MuckRock, uncovered that a secretive company, Clearview AI, was scraping billions of publicly available photos from social media accounts and selling them to law   Read Full


Congress Must Reassert Check on Executive Branch After Trump Airstrike Against Iran

Statement of Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director, Open The Government. Note: The U.S. drone strike that recently killed top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in Iraq stirred talk of war as Iran,   Read Full


A FOIA Win: Interior’s final rule drops changes that would have stifled public requests

The Department of Interior published its final Freedom of Information Act regulations, with significant changes from proposed revisions first issued in December 2018. The changes address concerns of public interest   Read Full


Statement on passing of Congressman Cummings

Open The Government issued the following statement on the passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md), chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee: “Rep. Cummings was one of the greatest   Read Full


Impeachment Inquiry: A tough, but inevitable, pill for Trump given track record

More than a battle of the wills between the executive and legislative branches of our government, an impeachment inquiry is a process backed by the Constitution to hold the president   Read Full


Amazon: Fix Rekognition’s Flaws and Leave Facial Recognition Legislation to Congress

Facial Recognition Technology Regulation: A Practical Guide for Congress

After dismissing research indicating its facial recognition product ‘Rekognition’ disproportionately misidentified minorities and women, Amazon’s chief Jeff Bezos revealed the company is developing facial recognition legislation to pitch to Congress.   Read Full