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.

D.C. Council Chairman Responds to Community with Proposed Return of FOIA Deadlines in the New Year

The D.C. Council will vote Tuesday (1) on emergency legislation to restore deadlines for processing public records requests. Beginning January 15, 2021, new requests once again must be answered in 15 days. The clock also…

Eviction Record Sealing Legislation Needs to Assure Public Access -- Coalition Tells D.C. Council

Legislation to help renters is gaining traction in the D.C. Council but includes court record-sealing provisions that could end the kind of research that brings tenant problems to light. Since D.C. courts are not covered…

D.C. Police for Years Have Violated Law in Blurring Released Police Video: New Ruling Calls for Clearer, Faster and Cheaper Access

After 13 months of investigation, the D.C. Office of Open Government (OOG) in a November 5 opinion has advised the Metropolitan Police Department to correct mistaken policies on blurring details and charging fees for released…

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