Politically Diverse Organizations Call for Reforms to Reduce Government Secrecy Following Nunes Memo
December 6, 2017
Open the Government's Lisa Rosenberg was on The Bill Press Show today. She spoke about the problem of warrantless government surveillance. Lisa also discussed the FBI’s use of the new “Black Identity Extremist” (BIE) label, which has raised a number of accountability issues regarding the disproportionate impact it has on communities of color, religious minorities, and activists. You can check out the Bill Press Show daily at Billpressshow.com.
Groups: Focus on Problem at Hand Needed in Post-WikiLeaks Assessments of Classified Information Procedures
Washington, DC, January 28, 2011- A variety of government openness, national security, and civil liberties organizations released a letter to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Jack Lew, to urge him to conduct the President's called-for review of the implementation of safeguarding procedures for classified information in the wake of the WikiLeaks disclosures in a manner that is targeted to the problem at hand and does not sweep so broadly as to infringe on protected constitutional rights and privacy interests of employees. The groups were prompted to write by troubling questions in a questionnaire OMB circulated as a guide to agencies in preparing an initial assessment of their classified information procedures.
Washington, DC, November 4, 2010 - Organizations working on government openness and accountability welcome the release of the Executive Order on Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). The Order rescinds the Bush Administration CUI memorandum, which was intended to create "a tiered system of designations and establish a framework for designating, marking, safeguarding, and disseminating designated information." Instead, the Order simply standardizes and limits the use of control markings on unclassified information.
Washington, DC, September 21, 2010 - The public has the opportunity to comment on a new proposal to evaluate the openness of federal agencies through October 4. The proposal, which is posted for comment here: http://bit.ly/ogov-feedback, is the product of a project by OpenTheGovernment.org to evaluate the Obama Administration's Open Government Initiative.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7, 2010 - The 2010 Secrecy Report Card released today by OpenTheGovernment.org - a coalition of more than 70 groups advocating for open government - chronicles a continued decrease in most indicators of secrecy since the end of the Bush Administration and growing backlogs in the declassification system as old secrets move through the system. The report covers the first 9 months of President Obama's Administration, which he pledged would be the most open, transparent and accountable in history.
Washington, DC - An updated ranking of agencies' Open Government Plans compiled during an independent audit reveals that 10 agencies joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the list of strongest plans, due to new plan versions created since the initial releases on April 7. The updated plans also decrease the wide variation in the strength of plans noted earlier this year. The response by so many agencies is very encouraging and truly in the spirit of the Open Government Directive.
Washington, DC, June 28, 2010 - Twenty-two of 39 federal agencies responded to the call from OpenTheGovernment.org to issue revised Open Government Plans by last Friday's deadline. OpenTheGovernment.org will work with volunteers to re-evaluate the strength of the plans, and provide feedback on the changes. The organization will release updated findings in July.