COVID-19 Accountability


Free Flow of Information Throughout Government Fosters Accountability

Guest Blog by Kathryn Foxhall, veteran reporter on federal health issues. Over the last 25 to 30 years there has been a surge in entities public and private prohibiting employees   Read Full


For Strong Pandemic Responses, Scientific Integrity Safeguards are Essential

Guest blog by Liz Borkowski, Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health, George Washington University. One of the great success stories of the Biden administration’s first months is the fact that more   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


Advocates push Biden for swift action on Accountability 2021 recommendations

Sunshine Week, the annual celebration of the importance of open government and freedom of information is this week, and we are amplifying the recommendations in Accountability 2021 now and in   Read Full


Open The Government and Government Accountability Project Request Investigation into Illegal HHS Gag Orders

Washington – Earlier today, Open The Government and Government Accountability Project sent a letter to the Office of Special Counsel requesting an investigation into illegal gag orders issued by the   Read Full


Trump’s COVID-19 infection raises unanswered questions about health, accountability to Americans

Trump’s recent coronavirus diagnosis is calling attention to secrecy surrounding the president’s latest health records. Trump’s medical team refuses to disclose when the president last tested negative for COVID-19, leaving   Read Full


COVID-19 secrecy rampant as agencies clampdown on FOIA

When the coronavirus pandemic swept through the United States earlier this year, the federal government actively worked to curtail the public’s right to information under the Freedom of Information Act   Read Full


Diverse Coalition Urges HHS to Reverse COVID-19 Data Reporting Requirement

Open The Government led a coalition of 27 organizations in urging Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar to rescind a directive to hospitals, hospital laboratories, and acute care   Read Full


OTG endorses stronger oversight, accountability, and transparency provisions in new CORE Act

Open The Government and several coalition partners endorsed the new Coronavirus Oversight and Recovery Ethics (CORE) Act, legislation introduced by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Chris Coons   Read Full