Press Releases

Secretary Nielsen’s Exit Would Leave Behind Trail of Secrecy About Border Policies, Missing children

If the president follows through on his threats to ask Secretary Nielsen to resign, she will leave the administration with a trail of unanswered questions about policies that destroyed the lives of hundreds of families. It will be up to Congress and the public to unearth her buried secrets about border policies, and ensure all the missing children are reunited with their parents. OTG’s appeal challenges DHS’ withholding of information that should be disclosed under law, including the improper use of redactions to hide information about record keeping systems used to track separated children.

Ivanka Trump and James Comey’s Emails from Personal Accounts Violate Presidential and Federal Records Acts

By sending emails in her official capacity as White House staff through a personal email account, Ivanka Trump violated the Presidential Records Act. Trump’s claim that she was not familiar with the details of rules prohibiting the use of personal email accounts for official business strains credulity, given the public and policymaker attention this matter has generated over the past several years. All officials should know better, and Democrats and Republicans should work together to curtail this growing problem.

Coalition calls on ICE to meet congressionally mandated transparency requirements

ICE HAS MISSED TWO DETENTION REPORTING DEADLINES SET BY CONGRESS IN MARCH
 

Joint statement by the American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Detention Watch Network, Human Rights Watch, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Open the Government, Project On Government Oversight, and Women’s Refugee Commission

In Letter Signed by More than Thirty Organizations, Members of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence urged to Oppose Gina Haspel CIA Nomination

May 15, 2018 - More than thirty diverse organizations signed a letter that was sent today to members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence urging the lawmakers to oppose Gina Haspel’s nomination as CIA Director. The groups are concerned that Haspel supervised torture, facilitated its cover-up, and obstructed access to her record on these matters, showing a lack of respect for transparency, accountability and the rule of law.

Open the Government Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg Releases Statement for the Record Opposing Gina Haspel’s Nomination to Lead the CIA

May 9, 2018 - Open the Government Executive Director Lisa Rosenberg submitted a statement for the record on Gina Haspel’s nomination hearing today, detailing why the organization opposes Haspel’s nomination to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. The statement expressed concerns that Haspel’s actions have undermined transparency and accountability, and that “the CIA chose to release only information that cast Ms. Haspel in a positive light” which would make having a “truly open debate…very much in doubt.”

Coalition Calls on Congress to Oppose Defense Department’s FOIA Exemption Carve-Out

May 8, 2018 -- In a letter sent to Congress on Monday, Open the Government called on lawmakers to oppose a Pentagon proposal that would add a new secrecy provision to the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The provision attempts to create a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) carve-out for certain records, that, if enacted, could shield information about the military’s handling of sexual assault complaints, its oversight of contractors, and its interrogation and treatment of prisoners. Congress should use its oversight responsibilities to stop this latest attempt by the Pentagon to exempt itself from public scrutiny and to undermine the people’s right to know.

OTG’s Executive Director Applauds Congress for Protecting the Public’s Right to Know About the Results of the Mueller Investigation

April 26, 2018 -- Open the Government Executive Director, Lisa Rosenberg, commends the Senate Judiciary Committee for supporting an amendment that significantly advances transparency and accountability for the Robert Mueller investigation. Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee debated and passed the bipartisan Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, a bill to protect special counsels from undue firing. The legislation included an amendment introduced by Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that requires the Justice Department to provide a report to Congress if a special counsel is removed, or when the investigation is concluded. Without such a provision, openness advocates warn, the final results of the Mueller probe might never see the light of day.