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.

Saga of Secret D.C. School Names Ends: D.C. Schools Now Say No Children Were Involved in 2018-19 Sexual Misconduct Cases

D.C. Public Schools officials now say that the cases of sexual misconduct in four schools in 2018-19 did not involve students. This information has been withheld from anxious parents but was obtained by the Open…

Some Long Overdue MPD Stop-and-Frisk Data Issued After Second Lawsuit

The Metropolitan Police Department on February 22 published year-old data on street stops, required by a provision of the wide ranging 2016 law called the NEAR Act. The agency failed to gather the data for…

Public Will Have Greater Access in this Year’s D.C. Council Online Budget Hearings

UPDATE 3/1/21: The mayor and Council are postponing submission of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget in hopes it can include billions in federal stimulus funds authorized in a bill moving slowly in Congress. The American…

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