New Bipartisan FOIA Bill Punches Back at Attacks

Bill will protect public access to information from private entities that do business with the government following Supreme Court decision. The new Open and Responsive Government Act of 2019, introduced   Read Full

Supreme Court’s Decision in First FOIA Case Fails to Defend the Public’s Right to Know

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 today in favor of denying the public’s access to government spending information in the Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media case that brought to fore the   Read Full

FOIA Request by OTG & ACLU Uncovers Significant Racial Disparities in DC’s Police Arrests

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Open The Government and ACLU-DC, the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) recently provided extensive arrest data for   Read Full

Overly Politicizing Redacted Mueller Report Would Miss What’s Really at Stake

Statement of Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director, Open The Government Note: On the Thursday release of the redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on the Russia investigation by   Read Full

Proposed Senate reforms to Congressional Accountability Act fall short on transparency

More than 100 days after the House of Representatives passed legislation to address workplace harassment and discrimination in Congress, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Roy Blunt introduced yesterday their version of   Read Full

Administration can’t claim transparency on latest terrorism report

​ This week, the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security released a report on terrorism-related crimes by foreign-born individuals, with a tweet from DOJ that seemed designed to   Read Full

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

OTG praises the Transparency in Government Act

Today, Representative Mike Quigley introduced the Transparency in Government Act (TGA), legislation that encompasses a wide range of reforms aimed at enhancing transparency and accountability across government. The bill includes   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

To ensure accountability for use of lethal force, advocates look to Congress

So far, the Trump Administration has shown a willingness to accelerate the use of military force overseas, while continuing and sometimes expanding on the excessive secrecy of its predecessors.  As   Read Full