Wednesday, OTG joined the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and 16 other open government and accountability groups in a letter calling on the IRS and the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation to release the President's tax returns to the public. The letter argues that disclosure of the tax returns is necessary for the American public to determine the integrity of the 2016 election and understand the extent of the President's relationship with Russia.
House bill needs stronger reforms to ensure transparency and accountability for government surveillance programs
Updated: October 13, 2017 - Today, OpenTheGovernment joined a coalition of government accountability, privacy, civil rights and civil liberties organizations, in calling on Congress to strengthen the surveillance reform bill introduced by the House Judiciary Committee last week.
Coalition: Justice Department’s demand for protest website data raises privacy and civil liberty concerns
Today, a broad coalition of over 70 public interest organizations sent a letter to the Attorney General expressing concern over the Justice Department’s demand for information associated with a protest-organizing website.
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 prisons that contract with the federal government.
Yesterday, OpenTheGovernment joined a coalition of civil rights, privacy rights, and civil liberty organizations calling for Congress to support reforms to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to prevent the FBI and domestic law enforcement agencies from engaging in unlawful surveillance of U.S. persons.
WASHINGTON, June 26 – Today, OpenTheGovernment and a coalition of organizations committed to government openness and accountability are calling for Congress to oppose the Department of Defense’s (DoD) proposal to alter the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in FY18’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
OpenTheGovernment is calling on the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) to not abandon his commitment to provide a public estimate of the number of Americans whose digital communications are collected under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act – a provision providing the NSA broad authority to spy on foreign targets.
Yesterday, OpenTheGovernment joined The Constitution Project and several other organizations in calling for the Trump administration's nominee to head the Office of Legal Counsel - Stephen Engel - to answer important questions regarding the CIA's rendition, detention, and interrogation program.
Thursday, OpenTheGovernment joined a coalition of human rights and government accountability organizations in demanding greater transparency around U.S. airstrikes overseas. Following reports that the White House may be considering weakening policy standards for U.S. use of force overseas, the groups called on the administration to "prioritize transparency and accountability" by: