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

New Amazon, Government Security & Secrecy Report Released at Freedom of Information Day Conference

Open The Government is releasing an in-depth case study, Government Inc.: Amazon, Government Security & Secrecy and hosting a panel discussion addressing  the primary concerns the public should have about   Read Full

Congress calls for greater transparency and accountability from the Pentagon for police militarization

The Pentagon’s controversial program that fuels police forces with surplus weapons of war is mired in secrecy and lacks sufficient oversight. This aspect of the initiative has not improved since   Read Full

Coalition calls on ICE to meet congressionally mandated transparency requirements

ICE Has Missed Two Detention Reporting Deadlines Set By Congress In March   Read Full

Coalition calls for stronger surveillance reforms to protect against warrantless surveillance of Americans

Today, OTG joined a letter calling on members of the House Judiciary Committee to close the loophole in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that the government uses to conduct   Read Full

OTG Town Hall: Exposing secret government surveillance and combating threats to privacy, civil liberties and civil rights

Join us for an OpenTheGovernment town hall to discuss efforts to combat secrecy and build consensus around ways to address constitutional threats stemming from warrantless government surveillance programs. Experts will   Read Full

Updated – Senators introduce legislation to increase transparency and oversight for law enforcement

Police in riot gear work to disperse a crowd of protesters in Ferguson, Mo., August 2014. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Updated, October 6, 2017 — Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) reintroduced the Stop Militarizing Our Law Enforcement Act (S. 1856) to establish limitations and create greater transparency on the federal transfer   Read Full

FBI’s limited restrictions on biometrics data sharing raises secrecy and privacy concerns

In the latest threat to individuals’ right to privacy, the FBI will no longer be required to inform you if your photographs, fingerprints, iris scans, and other records are being   Read Full

Coalition calls on Congress to enhance transparency and accountability for private prisons

Today, a coalition of organizations committed to government openness and accountability, civil liberties, human rights, and civil rights, is calling on Congress to support legislation demanding greater transparency from private   Read Full

Congress should demand greater transparency and oversight for law enforcement, not more militarization

A federal program that provides state and local police departments with military-grade surveillance equipment and tactical weapons lacks proper oversight and accountability mechanisms, according to Members of the House Armed   Read Full