Congressional Oversight


Virtual Briefing on the Freedom of Information Act, Challenges and Potential Fixes

OTG hosted a panel discussion on the importance of the Freedom of Information Act as a mechanism to defend our democracy and empower the public. Presenters discussed the overall records   Read Full


OTG Leads More than 30 Organizations in FOIA Advocacy Letters to Senate Judiciary and Attorney General Garland

Today, Open The Government led a coalition of more than 30 organizations urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing on the Freedom of Information Act, and Attorney General Merrick Garland   Read Full


Coalition Urges DHS to Reverse Decision to Block Media Access at US-Mexico border

Today, Open The Government led a coalition of 14 organizations in calling on the Department of Homeland Security to grant media access to border facilities. The letter provides several reasons   Read Full


OTG Leads Broad Coalition Urging House to Pass Scientific Integrity Act; OMB to Issue Guidance on Pandemic Data

Open The Government led a coalition of science, conservation, research and accountability organizations in calling on the House to pass the Scientific Integrity Act out of the House Science, Space   Read Full


“Sick of Secrecy” Report: COVID-19 Exacerbates Agencies’ Predilection to Withhold Public Information

Secret policies, muzzled experts, delays, and records request mismanagement define the government’s pandemic response and spotlight the need for FOIA reform. Hundreds of public records requests filed by open government   Read Full


OTG Applauds Sen. Merkley for Introducing AUMF Bill That Offers Alternative to Corker-Kaine

Bill Aims to Reassert Congressional Constitutional War Authority and Avoid Endless Wars   Read Full