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.

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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. Mayor and Council Meeting Daily and Excluding the Public

UPDATE 4/1/20 12:30 p.m. The mayor’s office has backed down and is providing press access to the council-mayor calls. At her press conference today, the mayor said “I don’t have a problem with press listening…

Coalition Update on Emergency Changes in Open Government in the District of Columbia

Legislation The D.C. Council met Tuesday (17) and passed emergency legislation with several dozen kinds of special authority for government action during the health emergency. Some change open government law; earlier versions of some were…

Open Government in A Time of Pandemic: FOIA and Some Public Access to Trials May Be Early Casualties

Here’s what we know about modifications, actual and proposed, in open government as of Saturday evening, March 14 [plus some updates Monday at 8:00 p.m., when the number of reported D.C. virus cases reached 17],…

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