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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News and Updates

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

Public Comments Support Expanded Online Access to Records at D.C. Court of Appeals

Recently the D.C. Open Government Coalition hoped to review an appeal in progress in D.C.'s highest court, to weigh possible assistance with a friend-of-the-court brief. No button in the online list of pending cases allowed…

Coalition Presses D.C. Legislature for FOIA Improvement in Oversight Hearings

Three Council committees heard Coalition testimony during the annual hearings on agency performance this year in February and March.  The Coalition discussed familiar themes: ending over-redaction by the Metropolitan Police Department of body-worn camera video…

Coalition Urges Appeals Court to Open Full Online Access to Records

With court papers now required to be filed electronically in both D.C. courts, and large majorities of people everywhere using the internet according to data from the Pew Research Center, the D.C. Court of Appeals…

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