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.

Successful Lawsuits Challenging High Fee Demands for Public Records Break New Ground

Two recent court cases decided in favor of challengers facing high fee demands from government agencies break new ground in public records access laws—known in federal, D.C., and many state laws as Freedom of Information…

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DC missed FOIA deadlines more than 900 times last year

The D.C. government violated the requirements of the D.C. Freedom of Information Act 926 times in the past fiscal year when it failed to respond to requests within the time frame required by law, the…

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