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 FOIA Complaint Sustained: D.C. Administrative Court Has Failed for Years to Publish Opinions (Blames Budget)

The Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) has failed for years to follow D.C. public records law requiring online publication of its decisions. The OAH has admitted noncompliance, while denying “defiance or ambivalence” and blaming lack…

Counting Down the Top Open Government Stories of 2019

We’ve compiled five top stories of the year from the many matters the Coalition has participated in as advocates and covered in the Transparency Watch item in our blog. #5: D.C. Council effort to limit…

Holiday message and appeal

Dear Reader, With the year ending, the D.C. Open Government Coalition is writing to thank those who have contributed before and to encourage all those who value the Coalition’s work to plan a gift before…

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