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.

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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 Asks D.C. Council for Permanent Legislation to Fully Deliver the Accountability Promise of Police Body-Worn Cameras

Open Government Coalition President Tom Susman recommended Thursday (15) that the Council improve how video of police at work is released to serve both the public interest in transparency and officers’ interest in disproving false…

New Data on D.C. Public Records Requests Show Backlog Mounting – Could Last for Months

Backlogs have grown to almost double last year’s as DC agencies fail to keep up with public requests for records under the D.C. Freedom of Information Act during the pandemic, according to new figures obtained…

Police Records on Misconduct Are Opening Up Elsewhere – Time for D.C. As Well

NOTE: For more on access to police body camera video in D.C., watch a D.C. Open Government Coalition discussion forum held Tuesday, Sept. 29. The recorded session is available here. In D.C. a new Police…

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