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 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 Continues Advocacy for Funds for Public Records Access – This Time for Office of Administrative Hearings

The Open Government Coalition has for years been urging the D.C. Council that costs of computers and staff that support the public’s basic “right to know”—open access to records as well as meetings and data—are…

Coalition Advises D.C. Mayor on Transparency and Other Concerns If Contact-Tracing Apps Are Used Here

In a June 2 letter to Mayor Bowser and the D.C. Council, the Open Government Coalition has outlined key dimensions if tech tools such as smartphone apps are used to assist in locating and tracing…

D.C. Open Government Coalition Recommends Transparency Improvements As Council Considers Broad Police Reform Bill

The Coalition has asked Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) to add to his draft emergency police and justice reform legislation better access to video from police body-worn cameras (faster, less costly releases under FOIA,…

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