Traci Hughes, the outgoing director of the D.C. Office of Open Government, and a panel presenting differing perspectives on bills to seal or expunge criminal records will highlight the Open Government Summit March 13.
The D.C. Open Government Coalition, the American University School of Communications and its Journalism Division, the Society of Professional Journalists’ D.C. Professional Chapter and The Washington Post will sponsor the program at a new location this year – the American Bar Association Washington office.
The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability voted in February not to renew Hughes’s appointment as OOG director after she cited two D.C. government entities for transparency infractions. WAMU reporter Martin Austermuhle will interview her about her experiences and her perspective on the future of the office and transparency in D.C. government.
The program also will explore the consequences of proposed legislation to expunge or seal many criminal court and police records to prevent their use by employers, landlords, financial institutions and others to prevent D.C. residents from overcoming past encounters with the criminal justice system. The panel, moderated by WRC-TV’s Mark Segraves, will include Philip Fornaci, director of the D.C. Prisoners’ Project at the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and Amy Brittain, an investigative reporter at The Washington Post who wrote the award-winning Second Chance City series that examined repeat violent offenders in D.C.
A third segment will examine D.C.’s progress toward implementing its new open data policy, and how the District’s efforts compare to those in other states and cities. In addition to having Barney Krucoff, chief data officer of D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer, discuss OCTO’s latest accomplishments and data releases, a project lead from CodeForDC will share how his team developed a model to predict rat infestations in D.C. using open datasets from 311 requests.
The event is open and free to all, but space is limited and registration is required.