District of Columbia law provides that "all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees." The DC Open Government Coalition is here to ensure the District government lives up to its promise.

Access your government through DC's transparency laws

The DC government is legally required to provide make public records and meetings accessible to the public. If you are trying to access public records, public meetings, or public datasets, the DC Open Government coalition has compiled information about how you can access them.

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Part of the mission DC Open Government Coalition is to improve the processes by which the public gains access to government records and proceedings, and to educate the public and government officials about the principles and benefits of open government in a democratic society.

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News and Updates

Read the latest blog posts from the DC Open Government Coalition.

Coalition Testifies in Support of Extending D.C. FOIA to Charter Schools

In a D.C. Council hearing that stretched from morning to evening and included 83 scheduled witnesses, D.C. Open Government Coalition President Thomas Susman testified Wednesday (2) in support of expanding public records access under the…

D.C. Transparency Watch Updates – charters and FOIA, MPD stop and frisk data, FOIA portal improvements, school advisory groups now covered by Open Meetings law, and more great uses of FOIA by the public and the press

As summer ended, the Coalition gathered a bumper crop of developments to keep you posted: Charters and FOIA. A hearing October 2 will center on a bill introduced by Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and four…

D.C. Coalition Asks Government for Secret List of Six Schools Where Sexual Abuses by Employees Took Place

Update: D.C. Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education said they had no record showing the school names we requested. Seems implausible, as DME Kihn discussed the topic at length in emails with the community.…

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