Press Releases

Fifth Annual National Event Shines a Light on Open Government

WASHINGTON - On Friday, March 19th from 12:00 - 2:00 eastern, OpenTheGovernment.org will host and webcast from the Center for American Progress (1333 H Street, NW, 10th FL) featuring a discussion on open government in theory and in practice. Join Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org and leading open government experts from inside and outside government to examine the Obama Administration's efforts to make the federal government more transparent, and discuss what remains to be done.

Report Tracks Secrecy and Openness in Bush and Obama Administrations

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2009 - The 2009 Secrecy Report Card chronicles slight decreases in secrecy across a wide spectrum of indicators in the last year of the Bush-Cheney Administration. The report, released today by a coalition of more than 70 open government advocates, also provides a six-month overview of the Obama Administration's promise and practice on openness issues, and a section on financial transparency during the economic crisis.

Open Government Advocates Urge the Senate to Improve Public Access to CRS Reports

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2009 - Over 40 organizations and advocates concerned with government transparency signed on to a letter asking the Senate Rules Committee to hold public hearings on open government issues and to mark-up and pass a resolution by Senator Lieberman (I-CT), S.R. 118, that would improve public access to reports by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). The breadth of organizations supporting the letter, which was organized by the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and OpenTheGovernment.org, reflects the importance of public access to CRS reports.

OpenTheGovernment.org Launches BailoutWatch.net

WASHINGTON, April 20 - Do you want to know what the government and the financial sector are doing with your tax dollars in the bailout? Well, now you can easily find out. OpenTheGovernment.org announces the launch of BailoutWatch.net, on behalf of the Bailout Watch project, to help the public track and analyze the latest developments in the federal government's massive bailout of financial institutions and other businesses deemed "too big to fail."

Fourth Annual National Event Will Kick Off National Dialogue on Open Government

WASHINGTON - On Friday, March 20th from 1 - 2:30 eastern, OpenTheGovernment.org will host and webcast a discussion on open government in theory and in practice from the Center for American Progress. Join Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org and distinguished open government experts to discuss the development and implementation of President Obama's Open Government Directive and initiatives to advance economic transparency.

Good Government Advocates Ask for Transparency and Oversight of Bailout

WASHINGTON, December 8, 2008 - In light of the government's commitment of an estimated $8.5 trillion of taxpayer money to financial rescue initiatives with no transparency and little oversight, OpenTheGovernment.org and the National Taxpayers Union have organized a coalition of over 70 groups in asking that Congress put the public interest first.