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Declassifying the torture report is fundamental to holding our government accountable for the unlawful activities commit...
01/25/2021
Declassify the post-9/11 torture program

Declassifying the torture report is fundamental to holding our government accountable for the unlawful activities committed under the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.

Read Human Rights Watch's Andrea Prasow’s opinion article⬇️

https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/535086-declassify-the-post-9-11-torture-program

Information should be classified only when unauthorized disclosure reasonably could be expected to damage national security.

Thank you to new President Joe Biden  for Day One executive orders prioritizing #Accountability2021 recommendations on e...
01/23/2021
Biden’s Ethics Plan Earns First Victory for Accountability Reform Advocates - Open The Government

Thank you to new President Joe Biden for Day One executive orders prioritizing #Accountability2021 recommendations on ethics reform, regulatory change, and more. It’s a MAJOR win for accountability to the public & for reform advocates. More here: https://www.openthegovernment.org/bidens-ethics-plan-earns-first-victory-for-accountability-reform-advocates/

(Washington) —  By signing an executive order on ethics commitments for the executive branch on his first day in office, President Joe Biden demonstrated the importance of structural ethics reforms that protect the public interest rather than public officials’ gain. The executive order is a ma...

The White House will review every pending rule not finalized by OMB, halting the enactment of rules not finalized by Tru...
01/22/2021
Eric Feigl-Ding on Twitter

The White House will review every pending rule not finalized by OMB, halting the enactment of rules not finalized by Trump on his way out, such as DHS's wide-ranging biometrics collection on migrants:
https://twitter.com/DrEricDing/status/1352005480416223232

This is one of the Day One recommendations to Biden's team in #Accountability2021 and is great news for supporters of accountable government
https://www.accountability2021.org/responsive-government/

“BREAKING—Ron Klain, Biden’s @WHCOS, has issued a memo freezing all new or pending Trump regulations. All will now be subject to review.”

President-elect Biden can prioritize accountability on Day One. Catch the replay of our Thursday press call on Accountab...
01/15/2021
Open The Government on Twitter

President-elect Biden can prioritize accountability on Day One. Catch the replay of our Thursday press call on Accountability 2021 recommendations for him from Open The Government Protect Democracy Public Citizen Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) The George Washington University Project On Government OversightCommon Cause experts:

https://youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=KT-wYTyzMik

“President-elect Biden can prioritize accountability on Day One. Catch the replay of Thursday's press call on Accountability 2021 recommendations for him from @protctdemocracy @Public_Citizen @CREWcrew @GWtweets @POGOBlog @CommonCause & @OpenTheGov experts: https://t.co/lP8tTdREtE”

The Toronto Star highlights inherent problems in the use of facial recognition technology & other personal data in moder...
01/14/2021
From facial recognition, to predictive technologies, big data policing is rife with technical, ethical and political landmines

The Toronto Star highlights inherent problems in the use of facial recognition technology & other personal data in modern policing
http://bit.ly/3qobGgO

In 2019, our work with MuckRock uncovered the widespread use of facial recognition technology in police departments across the country
https://www.openthegovernment.org/investigating-local-use-of-facial-recognition-a-joint-project-with-muckrock-news/

Analysts have identified an impressive list of problems, from biased, incomplete or inaccurate data, opaque technology, erroneous predictions, lack of...

TODAY: Join OTG, @protctdemocracy, @POGOBlog, @CommonCause @CREWcrew @Public_Citizen & @GWtweets experts for a press cal...
01/14/2021

TODAY: Join OTG, @protctdemocracy, @POGOBlog, @CommonCause @CREWcrew @Public_Citizen & @GWtweets experts for a press call at 11:30am ET on key government accountability priorities for the new Biden administration.

Register now: [email protected].

Press Call: Our democracy faces a historic crisis, hastened by Trump’s defiance of rule of law, disregard of norms, unpr...
01/12/2021

Press Call: Our democracy faces a historic crisis, hastened by Trump’s defiance of rule of law, disregard of norms, unprecedented secrecy, and consolidation of power and corruption. On Jan. 14 at 11:30 am, experts will urge Biden to prioritize accountability in the federal gov't.

Media RSVP: [email protected].

More information on Accountability 2021 is available at http://accountability2021.org

#Accountability2021 #A2021

NPR Politics
01/11/2021
NPR Politics

NPR Politics

With nine days left in President Trump's term, the House of Representatives is forging ahead with plans to impeach Trump a second time follow last week's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Former defense secretaries warn against involving the military in Trump's efforts to subvert the presidential election o...
01/05/2021
Washington Post

Former defense secretaries warn against involving the military in Trump's efforts to subvert the presidential election outcome.

All 10 living ex-defense secretaries write in Opinions: "The election is over. Trying to use the military to dispute the result would be dangerous."

“Efforts to involve the U.S. armed forces in resolving election disputes would take us into dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory,” write the 10 former defense secretaries: Ashton Carter, Dick Cheney, William Cohen, Mark Esper, Robert Gates, Chuck Hagel, James Mattis, Leon Panetta, William Perry and Donald Rumsfeld.

American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Kosar's opinion article on Congress reviving itself includes taking steps to curb ...
01/05/2021
Congress needs to revive itself

American Enterprise Institute's Kevin Kosar's opinion article on Congress reviving itself includes taking steps to curb abuse of executive authorities, a recommendation all branches of government should raise a glass in support of accountability. #A2021

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/532619-congress-needs-to-revive-itself

More info here: https://www.accountability2021.org/balance-of-power/

One lawmaker has shown other members what the nation needs.

Even as the coronavirus pandemic raged throughout the US, Trump appointee Roger Severino used HIPAA to make it nearly im...
01/05/2021
Hiding Covid-19: How the Trump Administration Suppresses Photography of the Pandemic

Even as the coronavirus pandemic raged throughout the US, Trump appointee Roger Severino used HIPAA to make it nearly impossible for journalists to capture the severity of the pandemic in images by restricting hospital access.

https://theintercept.com/2020/12/27/covid-photography-hospitals/

The U.S. government has reinforced media restrictions at hospitals, reducing the flow of disturbing images of the pandemic.

The New Republic's Joshua Eaton highlighted some of our #Accountability2021 recommendations on why transparency should b...
01/05/2021
How Biden Can Bring Transparency Back to Government

The New Republic's Joshua Eaton highlighted some of our #Accountability2021 recommendations on why transparency should be a priority for the Biden administration, including steps it can take to revitalize #FOIA.
http://bit.ly/35cYhjv

In #Accountability2021, we recommend the president issue a memorandum on transparency on January 20th that instructs all fed employees - particularly agency leadership - to embrace transparency, with a focus on FOIA and appoint a Chief Accountability Officer.
https://www.accountability2021.org/open-government/

Federal secrecy reached new heights under Trump, but there’s a lot the incoming president can do to let the sunshine back in.

Our democratic institutions face a historic crisis, ‘hastened by unprecedented secrecy, defiance of the rule of law, dis...
01/01/2021

Our democratic institutions face a historic crisis, ‘hastened by unprecedented secrecy, defiance of the rule of law, disregard of norms, consolidation of power and corruption.’ #Accountability2021 has solutions.

The #Accountability2021 initiative includes recommendations based on 18 principles across 6 categories necessary to create a responsive government: Open Government, Ethics, Balance of Power, Whistleblowers, Responsive Government, & Pandemic Preparedness & Response

More here: www.accountability2021.org

The provision of a New York Civil Rights Law shielding police disciplinary records from public view was repealed six mon...
12/24/2020
Six months after the repeal of 50-a, NY police continue to combat the release of disciplinary records

The provision of a New York Civil Rights Law shielding police disciplinary records from public view was repealed six months ago, yet one-tenth of local law enforcement agencies have agreed to provide disciplinary records since then. Why so opposed to transparency?

http://ow.ly/vwHp50CTWQx

MuckRock has partnered with the USA TODAY Network New York, the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and Syracuse University journalism students to file more than 600 records requests with more than 400 police agencies in hopes of creating a searchable, first-of-its-kind database with discipli...

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that suspends the use of facial recognition and biometric technology in NY scho...
12/23/2020
Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Suspending Use and Directing Study of Facial Recognition Technology in Schools

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that suspends the use of facial recognition and biometric technology in NY schools. “The safety and security of our children is vital to every parent, and whether to use this technology is not a decision to be made lightly."
http://on.ny.gov/34H79gP

Related: See our guide with MuckRock on the use of facial recognition technology across the country. The tech is notably biased and inaccurate and hopefully Cuomo's decision will be replicated nationwide.
http://bit.ly/3nMA4Yj

Governor Cuomo signed legislation (A6787-D/S5140-B) suspending the use of facial recognition technology and other kinds of biometric technology in schools, directing a study of whether its use is appropriate in schools and issuing recommendations.

In December's 'Transparency Matters' we spotlight:-The House passing the Open Courts Act of 2020 -Misallocation of COVID...
12/18/2020

In December's 'Transparency Matters' we spotlight:

-The House passing the Open Courts Act of 2020
-Misallocation of COVID-19 PPP funds
-Q&A with accountability expert Rio Tazewell
-Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) 'What Democracy Looks Like' report, and more!

Subscribe: https://bit.ly/37Il74p

Press Watch's Dan Froomkin spoke with our Lisa Rosenberg on the urgency of preserving Trump's presidential records as he...
12/11/2020
Red alert for reporters as Trump loyalists destroy the evidence on their way out the door | Press Watch

Press Watch's Dan Froomkin spoke with our Lisa Rosenberg on the urgency of preserving Trump's presidential records as he leaves office, and the media's critical role in reminding the administration of its duties to uphold the Presidential Records Act.

https://presswatchers.org/2020/12/red-alert-for-reporters-as-trump-loyalists-destroy-the-evidence-on-their-way-out-the-door/

The news that CDC director Robert Redfield forced career staff to delete an incriminating email from a Trump political appointee is a red alert moment for Washington-based reporters, who should fan out to everywhere Trump loyalists could by trying to destroy evidence.

Appeals Court hands journalists big FOIA win for gun data access. Kudos to our coalition partners MuckRock and The Repor...
12/10/2020
Appeals Court hands journalists big Freedom of Information Act win for gun data access

Appeals Court hands journalists big FOIA win for gun data access. Kudos to our coalition partners MuckRock and The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, who co-wrote the amicus brief with Harvard's Cyberlaw Clinic, five media outlets, and more than a dozen data journalists.

"Government transparency is critical to ensure the people have the information needed to check public corruption, hold government leaders accountable, and elect leaders who will carry out their preferred policies." - Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw in the ruling.

https://bit.ly/33YyYAM

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals says authorities must hand over database records just as if they were paper records in a file cabinet.

Center for Civilians in Conflict’s “Exception(s) to the Rule(s)” report examines the consequences of continued use of “p...
12/09/2020
Exception(s) to the Rule(s): Civilian Harm, Oversight, and Accountability in the Shadow Wars | Center for Civilians in Conflict

Center for Civilians in Conflict’s “Exception(s) to the Rule(s)” report examines the consequences of continued use of “parallel” counterterrorism authorities and covert practices in endless war, and the implications for transparency & oversight.

More here: https://civiliansinconflict.org/exceptions-to-the-rules/

“Exceptions to the Rules”, a report produced by Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) in partnership with the Stimson Center and Security Assistance Monitor, examines the tradeoffs and consequences involved with the continued use and availability of certain counterterrorism authorities and pr...

An obscure loophole exempts Biden’s nominees from disclosing their previous clients, raising ethical concerns.https://bi...
12/08/2020
Loophole Allows Biden Nominees to Avoid Disclosures. Will They Use It?

An obscure loophole exempts Biden’s nominees from disclosing their previous clients, raising ethical concerns.
https://bit.ly/33SC612

See also: Key recommendations on how the new administration can adopt a proactive and robust approach to ethics disclosures: https://www.accountability2021.org/ethics/

An obscure exemption from listing previous clients may generate an interesting test case for Biden’s pledge of full transparency.

Trump's Presidential Records Are at Risk. 'The Presidential Records Act requires Trump and his staff, with the assistanc...
12/04/2020
Trump's Presidential Records Are at Risk – InsideSources

Trump's Presidential Records Are at Risk. 'The Presidential Records Act requires Trump and his staff, with the assistance of the National Archives, preserve records so that Americans have documentation and context for the president's actions and decisions.'

More in Lisa Rosenberg's and Anne Weismann's InsideSources opinion article.

https://www.insidesources.com/trumps-presidential-records-are-at-risk/

With the clock ticking toward a Joe Biden administration in January, the country faces a significant risk that President Trump and his White House will

The Biden-Harris administration will have to make meaningful reforms to restore many of the ethics norms and laws that h...
12/03/2020
CLC Calls for Biden Administration To Restore Government Accountability Through Ethics Reforms

The Biden-Harris administration will have to make meaningful reforms to restore many of the ethics norms and laws that have been eroded over time.

More from Delaney Marsco and Campaign Legal Center ⬇️

#Accountability2021

https://campaignlegal.org/update/clc-calls-biden-administration-restore-government-accountability-through-ethics-reforms

The Biden administration should should prioritize ethics and ensure the government acts in the interest of the public.

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What should or shouldn't be classified, and at what level, has always been somewhat subjective. The current administration seems to be reaching for new depths of capriciousness. I'd like to find out how I might participate in efforts to improve the status quo, particularly with respect to increasing transparency.
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