D.C. agency EFOIA compliance

  The FOIA law, D.C. Code 2-536, identifies 10 categories of records as public information that does not require a written FOIA request. Rather, the law provides that the information be posted on the agency website:

  (1) The names, salaries, title, and dates of employment of all employees and officers of a public body;

  (2) Administrative staff manuals and instructions to staff that affect a member of the public;

  (3) Final opinions, including concurring and dissenting opinions, as well as orders, made in the adjudication of cases;

  (4) Those statements of policy and interpretations of policy, acts, and rules which have been adopted by a public body;

  (5) Correspondence and materials referred to therein, by and with a public body, relating to any regulatory, supervisory, or enforcement responsibilities of the public body, whereby the public body determines, or states an opinion upon, or is asked to determine or state an opinion upon, the rights of the District, the public, or any private party;

  (6) Information in or taken from any account, voucher, or contract dealing with the receipt or expenditure of public or other funds by public bodies;

  (6A) Budget requests, submissions, and reports available electronically that agencies, boards, and commissions transmit to the Office of the Budget and Planning during the budget development process, as well as reports on budget implementation and execution prepared by the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, including baseline budget submissions and appeals, financial status reports, and strategic plans and performance-based budget submissions;

  (7) The minutes of all proceedings of all public bodies;

  (8) All names and mailing addresses of absentee real property owners and their agents; (Not included in this audit.)

  (8A) All pending applications for building permits and authorized building permits, including the permit file; (Not included in this audit.)

  (9) Copies of all records, regardless of form or format, which have been released to any person under this chapter and which, because of the nature of their subject matter, the public body determines have become or are likely to become the subject of subsequent requests for substantially the same records; and

  (10) A general index of the records required to be posted, unless the materials are promptly published and copies offered for sale.


This audit was a joint project of the D.C. Open Government Coalition and the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University. Primary research was done by LeeSandra Alexandre and Melissa Noel, Howard University journalism students interning at the Workshop.


 

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