Reports


“Sick of Secrecy” Report: COVID-19 Exacerbates Agencies’ Predilection to Withhold Public Information

Secret policies, muzzled experts, delays, and records request mismanagement define the government’s pandemic response and spotlight the need for FOIA reform. Hundreds of public records requests filed by open government   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


OTG Launches Sunshine Week Report on Amazon, Government Security & Secrecy

OTG Launches Sunshine Week Report on Amazon, Government Security & Secrecy ‘Government Inc.’ report shows weak transparency requirements and accountability mechanisms for private companies even as they work on government contracts Washington,   Read Full


A Citizen’s Guide to America’s Forever Wars and the Secrecy that Sustains Them

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America’s Forever Wars and the Secrecy that Sustains Them A Citizen’s Guide After 17 years, three presidents, $5.6 trillion, and hundreds of thousands of human lives lost, it’s time Americans   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


Survey: Despite Skepticism, Voters Believe Government Accountability is Possible

New Open The Government research shows Americans support a more transparent and open government.   Read Full


Despite Skepticism, Voters Believe Government Accountability is Possible

A new Open The Government survey makes clear that there are opportunities to move voters, who fundamentally believe in the importance of transparency and ethics in government.   Read Full


Combating Government Secrecy through Freedom of Information

New Sunshine Week report shares best practices to maximize the power of FOIA   Read Full


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

Report Examines Evidence of Increased Secrecy at White House, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security   Read Full


Open The Government’s 2017 Year End Report

As we look back to the successes we had in 2017, we are inspired to continue our fight for a transparent and accountable government, creating a more informed electorate that   Read Full