Managing the public's records for accountability and history was created through the efforts of policy advocates, including current and former government employees, concerned about the preservation and management of government records.
OpenTheGovernment.org and 24 Organizations Write to Support Passage of H.R. 5811, the Electronic Message Preservation Act
A coalition of 23 organizations joined OpenTheGovernment.org on a letter to Representative Henry Waxman, Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, supporting passage of H.R. 5811, the Electronic Message Preservation Act.
Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, testified on May 14, 2008, before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, at a hearing titled National Archives Oversight: Protecting Our Nation's History for Future Generations.
OpenTheGovernment.org and 19 organizations sent a letter to the Archivist of the United States to protest the National Archives' decision to not capture and preserve a "snapshot" of government web pages at the end of the current Administration. The groups asked the Archivist to rescind the decision.
Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org, testified on April 23, 2008, before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives on the Electronic Communications Preservation Act.
On January 10, 2007, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) entered into a non-exclusive agreement with iArchives, Inc. to make digitized documents and pictures available on the Footnote website (Footnote is owned by iArchives, Inc.). So far, Footnote has digitized 4.5 million pages of NARA documents.