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Tools of Accountability: A Recap of Our Workshops on Working with Whistleblowers & Using FOIA

Posted by the Open Gov Hub, August 10, 2018 As some governments become less open, the role of whistleblowers as agents of accountability become even more important. That’s why Open   Read Full


Coalition calls for greater transparency and full access to records on Supreme Court nominee

Today, a nonpartisan coalition of government openness, accountability, and human rights groups called for comprehensive disclosure of documents relating to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In a letter to the   Read Full


Coalition raises alarm over attacks against journalists and condemns White House for restricting press access

Open the Government, together with a non-partisan coalition of transparency, government accountability, civil liberties and press freedom organizations, sent a letter condemning the White House for punishing journalists who ask   Read Full


Coalition Calls for Urgent Investigation of Destruction of Records on Family Separation Crisis

Congress must demand full transparency and accountability to protect children from disappearing Open the Government, together with a coalition of organizations committed to government accountability, civil liberties, human rights, and   Read Full


Pruitt Scandals Highlight Need for Congress to Act to Ensure Accountability, Inform the Public

WASHINGTON – Open the Government Executive Director, Lisa Rosenberg, criticized the latest case of excessive secrecy at the Environmental Protection Agency, in response to reports that Director Scott Pruitt hid   Read Full


Statement of Open the Government on Capital Gazette Shooting

Open the Government issued the following statement in response to the shooting at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland: Open the Government is devastated by the shooting at the Capital   Read Full


Congress must end systemic abuse, waste, and entrenched secrecy: stop funding for new Immigration detention camps

The public outcry that resulted from the Department of Homeland Security’s implementation of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy led to a rollback of the policy and a court-imposed timeframe for   Read Full


Reports Show Spike in Lawsuits Against Intelligence Agencies Due to High Rate of FOIA Denials and Slow Processing Time

Lawsuits Caused by Lack of FOIA Compliance Waste Taxpayer’s Money and Infringe on the Public’s Right to Know WASHINGTON – Open the Government Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg urged America’s military   Read Full


Advocates look to deepen FOIA collaboration to combat surveillance secrecy

The secrecy surrounding government surveillance has been a long-standing challenge for those working to defend against threats to Americans’ privacy, civil liberties and civil rights. Under the Trump Administration, advocates   Read Full


House bill threatens to expand reliance on secret databases in immigration enforcement

September 13, 2017 — Members of the House Judiciary Committee are fast-tracking legislation this week that risks expanding secretive immigration enforcement practices and increasing the government’s reliance on unreliable databases.   Read Full