Press Releases

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.”

Open the Government Praises Congress for Removing Harmful Amendment that Would Further Militarize Police Departments

This Victory is a Good First Step in Ensuring Our Police Departments Don’t Look Like Platoons, Says OTG 

WASHINGTON – Open The Government, a leading advocate for transparency to promote government accountability, applauds the defeat of a dangerous provision in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have made it easier for the military to transfer excess hardware to federal, state and local police departments.