Reducing Secrecy

Excessive secrecy has long been a problem in the fields of national and homeland security because it limits information sharing and leaves us less safe as a nation. Both the 9/11 Commission and the congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11 recommended reforms to reduce unnecessary secrets. OpenTheGovernment.org works with our partners, the Administration, and Congress to put policies in place that both protect constitutional rights and ensure national security by better protecting real secrets and improving information sharing.

As our Secrecy Reports chronicle, the money spent creating and securing old secrets compared to the money spent declassifying information that either did not merit classification in the first instance or no longer needs protection has consistently risen, and the national security bureaucracy continues to expand the size of the secret government.