It Takes a Global Village to Fight Efforts to Subvert Open Government Policies

As we have seen in the United States, political transitions can be a precarious time for government openness and accountability. There are myriad ways that governments backslide, ranging from abandoning   Read Full

Delay in U.S. Government’s Open Government Partnership Plan: A Harbinger of Things to Come?

In its first nine months in office, the Trump Administration has shown its antipathy to open government and international agreements. Therefore it comes as no surprise that the administration has   Read Full

OTG releases civil society progress report on the Administration’s open government commitments

WASHINGTON, February 17, 2016 – Open The Government today released a report, developed by 23 civil society organizations, on the progress made by the Administration in its Open Government commitments   Read Full

Administration Falling Short on Required Consultations with Civil Society

When the White House released its third National Action Plan (NAP) as part of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) on October 27, civil society groups responded with a range of   Read Full

Report from the 2015 OGP Global Summit: hosts a workshop on civil society experiences

On October 27, 2015, hosted a workshop on Civil Society Day during the OGP 2016 Global Summit in Mexico City. The workshop provided a venue to draw on civil society experiences   Read Full

Civil Society Groups Issue Progress Report on 2nd National Action Plan; Urge Administration to Take Meaningful Action

In a new report released today by, civil society groups find that the U.S. government, despite some meaningful efforts, is not poised to fulfill many of the open government   Read Full

The Classified Classification Guidance on Torture, and President Obama’s Legacy

This June, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the classification guidance that now governs the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program, to see precisely how   Read Full

OTG’s Remarks at Open Government Public Meeting

On July 30th, the White House hosted a public meeting on open government. The meeting was intended to inform the administration's next National Action Plan (NAP) for open government. The   Read Full

US Civil Society Open Government Partnership Resources has played a key role, since 2011, in coordinating US civil society's engagement with the Open Government Partnership. See Evaluations and Model Plans here. Scoring the third NAP   Read Full

Civil Society Groups Create Model National Action Plan

As part of engagement in the Open Government Partnership, the US government is required to develop an OGP country plan with concrete commitments on open government. The government makes public   Read Full