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. Council Should Reject Medical Examiner Secrecy Proposal: Says Open Government Coalition

Records of death investigations by the D.C. medical examiner---records that are largely public in 31 states---will be removed from access via the D.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and will be available to the public…

Interim Director of D.C. Council Office of ANCs Appointed

An office within the D.C. Council that oversees the 40 D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissions got an interim director by Council vote October 5. Ms. Schannette Grant, previously on staff in the office, will take over…

D.C. Council Extends Virtual Meetings

The D.C. Council passed legislation October 5 extending authority for public bodies to meet virtually.   The Open Meetings Act requires meetings of covered bodies (executive branch boards and commissions, D.C. Council, charter schools’ trustees,…

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