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.

Metro Secrecy Again – Federal Court Upholds Denial of Customer Survey

A federal judge Thursday (21) denied a public records request for the questions in the Washington Metro Area Transit Agency quarterly rider survey. The opinion upholds another in the long history of evasive actions by…

D.C. Charter Schools Evade Questions on Pandemic Bailout Aid

It’s unknown how many charter schools in Washington, D.C., already funded with almost a billion D.C. and federal tax dollars each year, have also taken federal pandemic bailout money. Only a few schools would answer…

D.C. Council Budget Hearing Schedule Shows Mixed Picture for Public Access

UPDATE 5/12/20: Mayor's budget submission changed to May 18. New Council hearing schedule here. “Open government” takes on a new meaning in the D.C. Council budget season starting soon. The Wilson Building is quiet, hearings…

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