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.

Coalition Repeats Call to Reject Pending Council Secrecy Bill and Apply Usual FOIA Process to Death Investigation Records

UPDATE 11/17/22: The bill discussed below passed the full D.C. Council on its first reading November 15. The D.C. Open Government Coalition wrote Council members requesting amendment or postponement. A second reading could be December…

Advocates Welcome Architects’ Initial Work on New Archives Building, But Questions Remain

After years of delay, a new D.C. archives building came one step closer to life with a September 1 draft report from its architects. But reviewers in the community are concerned much remains to be…

D.C. Archives Improvements Are A Work in Progress

Plans are moving slowly for a new D.C. Archives facility, and so far without noticeable attention to concerns surfaced in Council hearings and budget reports earlier in the year, according to D.C. Open Government Coalition…

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