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.

Coalition to D.C. Council: Big Fees for Body-Cam Video Redaction Have Hijacked Public Access; Plus Five Ways to Make the Video More Useful

High costs and delay have limited public access to police body-worn camera video. This was the testimony of the D.C. Open Government Coalition and other critical witnesses at the Council’s October 21 review of the…

Coalition Warns of Legal Risk in WhatsApp Use in D.C. Government, Urges Mayoral Ban

The D.C. Open Government Coalition has asked D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to immediately prohibit District of Columbia government employees from using private text messaging services to conduct any official business. In a November 6 letter,…

FOIA Lawsuit Seeks Jack Evans Office Calendars – Council Argues Off-Limits by Grand Jury Secrecy Rules Now That Prosecutors Are Looking at the Case

The Washington Post has asked D.C. Superior Court to compel the Council to turn over records showing appointments of Councilmember Evans in 2015 and 2016. Post reporter Steve Thompson has led the way in using…

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