Transparency & Accountability


Clearview AI Subpoenas Open The Government for Communications with Journalists

[UPDATE: After OTG went public about the subpoenas from Clearview AI, the company withdrew its subpoenas on September 27, 2021.] The company demanded records after OTG exposed some law enforcement   Read Full


Washington Post Editorial Board Urges Biden to Implement Accountability 2021 Recommendations

Opinion: Biden must hold government accountable — starting with his own* President Donald Trump subjected the country to a four-year-long demonstration of the fragility of its democratic norms. President Biden has   Read Full


OTG Applauds House Passage of Legislation Supporting Bipartisan January 6 Commission

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to oppose the commission imperils the bill in the Senate. Lisa Rosenberg, Executive Director of Open The Government issued the following statement: “The U.S. House   Read Full


OTG Leads Coalition of 26 Organizations & Experts in Call for Classification Reform

Today, transparency, accountability, and human rights organizations and experts called on the Biden administration to take on national security classification reform ahead of the 20th anniversary of the September 11th   Read Full


Beyond Accolades: Garland’s Support for Transparency Should Mark New Era at the DOJ

Attorney General Merrick Garland championed the importance of the Freedom of Information Act in a video message to employees of the Department of Justice’s Office of Information Policy during Sunshine   Read Full


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


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


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