In the District of Columbia, the law states 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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Advocate for greater transparency in DC government

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 Urges (Again) That FOIA Be Expanded to Cover Charter Schools; And This Time Dozens of Others Agreed

The D.C. Council has wrapped up the Fiscal Year 2020 budget but held an eight-hour hearing June 26 on process details: how to allocate and track education dollars flowing to schools in the traditional system,…

D.C. Public Defender Sues for Records from Public Hearing on Officer Misconduct - That MPD Says Are of No Public Interest

Are records of a public police discipline hearing, including the transcript and exhibits, to be locked away afterwards as though it never happened? MPD in March denied such a records request by the Public Defender…

The Letter With Facts About Charter School Transparency the Washington Post Didn't Print

The costs and burdens of allowing public access to charter school records in the District of Columbia seemed exaggerated in a Washington Post "Local Opinion" piece by Lis Kidder earlier this month. Her projections were…

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