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. Open Government Coalition Hosts Virtual Program on Public Access to Police Videos

With images of excessive police force, including fatal shootings, reverberating across the country, the D.C. Open Government Coalition is hosting an online program Tuesday, Sept. 29, 12 -1:30, on public access to the video from…

Police Shooting of D.C. Youth Puts Body-Camera Video in The Spotlight: Coalition Offers Timely Webinar on Public Video Access

A few minutes of video including graphic images of a D.C. police officer shooting Deon Kay September 2 in Southeast Washington are being watched District-wide by the community and multiple investigators, all in search of…

Sign the Letter to the D.C. Council: Reinstate Deadlines for Public Records Access

UPDATE 9/23/20 -- The D.C. Council yesterday (22) extended the emergency legislation until December 31. The Council chairman, Phil Mendelson, in a pre-session memo said "it is my intent to revisit certain provisions of the…

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