Press Releases

Dangerous Provision Slipped into the Continuing Resolution Allows Secret Transfer of Intelligence Funding without Congressional Oversight

Open the Government Executive Director, Lisa Rosenberg, called on the House today to reject a disturbing provision in the budget bill that would permit President Donald Trump and intelligence agencies to covertly reallocate money to from one intelligence program to another without first notifying Congress. “Congress must remove this intelligence provision and remind itself that it has a duty to serve as a check on Executive Branch overreach,” said Open the Government Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg

Senate Abdicates Leadership on FISA, Opening the Door to Targeting Americans with Abusive Surveillance Tactics

The Senate failed to protect the American people from a bill that poses an enormous risk to accountability, civil liberties and privacy rights. This is a bad gamble that was sold as making us safe, when it has the potential downside of making us very sorry. We have already seen disturbing glimpses of FISA 702 abuses, with warrantless surveillance that has upended the lives of Americans.

OTG Supports Bills in Congress to Protect Special Counsels from Politically Motivated Firing

Open the Government joined a coalition of groups in a letter today calling on Congress to pass the Special Counsel Integrity Act (H.R. 3771 and S. 1741). The importance of passing these bills was heightened after Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation came under attack by those who wish to undermine the investigation for partisan purposes. “We need strong laws to protect Special Counsels to ensure the process is not corrupted by political calculations,” said Open the Government’s Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg. “The orchestrated attacks against Robert Mueller vividly show the need to strengthen the shield protecting Special Counsels, so they can serve the American people’s right to know about their government.”

House Surveillance Authorization Bill is Fake Reform that Threatens the Privacy of All Americans

WASHINGTON – Open the Government expressed its staunch opposition today to H.R. 4478, a reauthorization bill that would codify and expand sweeping surveillance programs that threaten the civil liberties and privacy rights of Americans, while doing little to enhance national security. “This is fake reform that is shamelessly being hustled to the House floor with little debate, so Americans won’t realize what is at stake,” said Open the Government Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg. “Instead of ensuring that surveillance is used to combat terrorist threats, the bill could expand domestic spy programs that sweep up American’s communications unconstitutionally, and secretly use this information against them.”