Letters2020-06-05T13:50:47-04:00

Letter to Congress to Reject the Pentagon’s Request for FOIA Secrecy

The Honorable Jack Reed Chairman, Senate Armed Services Committee 728 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510   The Honorable Adam Smith Chairman, House Armed Services Committee 2264 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515   The Honorable James Inhofe Ranking Member, Senate Armed Services Committee 205 Russell Senate Office [...]

June 21st, 2021|Categories: Letter, US Government|

Letter on DOJ Surveillance of Congress and Press

June 18, 2021 Dear Attorney General Garland, Chairman Nadler, Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Jordan, and Ranking Member Grassley, The undersigned civil society organizations write to condemn the Department of Justice’s surveillance of Members of Congress, their staff, and their families, and urge the Congress to investigate this matter immediately as [...]

June 21st, 2021|Categories: Department of Justice, Letter|

Call For Investment In Border Welcoming Centers For Arriving Families

June 21, 2021 Dear Secretary Mayorkas and Acting Director Johnson, The undersigned organizations write with concerns regarding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) custody programs involving families arriving at the U.S. Southern border. In March, ICE signed a short-term no-bid contract[1] with Family Endeavors (“Endeavors”) for 1,239 hotel beds [...]

June 21st, 2021|Categories: Immigration, Letter|

Letter To Senate Rules Supporting Sens. Portman and Durbin’s Continuity Resolution

June 14, 2021Dear Chairwoman Klobuchar and Ranking Member Blunt:The undersigned organizations, from across the political spectrum and focusing on a wide range of issues, write to commend the bipartisan effort led by your colleagues, Senator Rob Portman and Senator Richard Durbin, on amending procedures to allow Senators to cast their [...]

June 14th, 2021|Categories: Letter, US Government|

Letter to the Department of Justice on Office of Legal Counsel Opinions

May 26, 2021 Mr. Christopher Schroeder Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20530 Dear Mr. Schroeder: As organizations concerned about government oversight, openness, and accountability, we are writing to request the Department of Justice adopt a policy [...]

May 27th, 2021|Categories: Department of Justice, Letter|

Letter to DOJ on Review of EOIR Personnel

May 19, 2021 The Honorable Merrick B. Garland                    The Honorable Lisa O. Monaco Attorney General of the United States                 Deputy Attorney General of the United States U.S. Department of Justice                                U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW                          950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20530-0001                             Washington, DC 20530-0001   [...]

May 21st, 2021|Categories: Letter|

Letter on Public Data Engagement

To: Ms. Clare Martorana, Federal Chief Information Officer, White House Office Management and Budget (OMB) cc: Ms. Maria Roat, Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer; Mr. Jordan Burris, Chief of Staff to the Federal Chief Information Officer; Mr. Eric Mill, Senior Advisor on Technology and Cybersecurity to the Federal Chief Information [...]

May 18th, 2021|Categories: Letter, US Government|

Letter Supporting 20% Increase in House MRA and Committee Funding

The Honorable Rosa DeLauro Chair House Committee on Appropriations H-307, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515  The Honorable Kay Granger Ranking Member House Committee on Appropriations H-307, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515  Re:      In support of a 20% increase in the House Member Resource allocation and increased committee funding Dear [...]

May 18th, 2021|Categories: Letter, US Government|

Letter from NGOs to Secretary Blinken to Assist Haitian Government in Fighting Corruption

May 4, 2021 Antony J. Blinken U.S. Secretary of State 2201 C St NW Washington, DC 20520 Dear Mr. Secretary, Recent violent protests in Port-au-Prince underscore the Haitian people’s acute frustration with weak democratic governance, systemic corruption and the severe poverty that results from the avarice of government officials. The [...]

May 5th, 2021|Categories: International, Letter|

Letter to President Biden on Ethics Agreements

Dear President Joseph R. Biden Jr., You have described your charge as “restoring faith in American government” after your predecessor’s disastrous presidency and demonstrating with your “actions – not empty words – that public servants serve all Americans, not themselves or narrow special interests.” With your executive order on ethics, [...]

April 23rd, 2021|Categories: Letter, US Government|

Letter to President Biden on Classification Reform

April 21, 2021 President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC Dear President Biden, As organizations interested in government transparency, accountability, and human rights, we support the administration’s goal to work toward “rebuilding trust with the American people” and we strongly endorse your commitment to [...]

April 22nd, 2021|Categories: Letter, National Security|

Letter to Ambassador Rice on Relaunch of Ethics.gov

April 15, 2021 Ambassador Susan Rice Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. 20500 Ambassador Rice, As non-profit groups dedicated to a transparent and accountable government, we write to urge you to formally begin the process of elevating ethics as a core value in [...]

April 15th, 2021|Categories: Letter|

Letter to Congress on Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act

April 13, 2021 Dear Speaker Pelosi, Republican Leader McCarthy, and Members of the House of Representatives: We, the 31 undersigned organizations, write in strong support of the bipartisan Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act (“ACMRA”) and urge the House of Representatives to consider and pass the legislation.  Once enacted, ACMRA [...]

April 14th, 2021|Categories: Letter|

Letter to the Attorney General on FOIA

April 7th, 2021 The Honorable Merrick B. Garland Attorney General United States Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C., 20530 Dear Attorney General Garland, As non-profit groups dedicated to a transparent and accountable government, we write to offer our support and suggestions for how the Department of Justice [...]

April 12th, 2021|Categories: Judicial Oversight, Letter|

Letter to Senate Judiciary on FOIA Hearings

April 7th, 2021 Senator Dick Durbin Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee 711 Hart Senate Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Senator Chuck Grassley Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee 135 Hart Senate Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Re: Oversight Hearing on FOIA at Federal Agencies Dear Chairman Durbin, The undersigned organizations write you to request [...]

April 8th, 2021|Categories: Judicial Oversight, Letter|