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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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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Learn how to dig into DC government

The DC Open Government Coalition is offering training on how to access DC government information. These training sessions, called "Digging into DC," can help the DC community learn how to get a bit deeper into the functioning of the DC open government processes.

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News and Updates

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

D.C. Court Decides Mayor-Council Conflict Over FOIA Law: Upholds Online Publication Requirement

UPDATE: The District filed its initial notice of appeal August 5, and asked the courts to stay the orders of Superior Court Judge Pasichow. Action shifts to the D.C. Court of Appeals, Case No. 21…

Progress Towards Online Access to Records at D.C. Court of Appeals

The District’s high court is taking steps to allow public online access to case documents, according to a recent notice. It announces the Court of Appeals has “decided to adopt a pilot project” that will…

Coalition Welcomes Open Police Records Bill

D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson has proposed legislation to allow public access to most police disciplinary records.   A broad police reform bill introduced last Monday (12) would amend the D.C. Freedom of Information Act…

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