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.

D.C. Open Government Coalition Hosts Former Mayor, Senior Officials, and Community Activists at “Summit”

Anthony Williams, CEO and Executive Director of the Federal City Council, told an audience of transparency enthusiasts last week that his approach as mayor had been to “get info out promptly and manage it later”…

New Disapproval Resolution Introduced in Congress – Target is D.C. Police Reform Law That Includes Major Transparency Improvements

UPDATE 3-20-23 D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on Friday (17) wrote to House and Senate leadership opposing the pending resolution of disapproval of the District's police reform bill. (Introduced in the…

Coalition Testifies on Needed Open Government Improvements to D.C. Council Performance Oversight Hearings

The D.C. Open Government Coalition submitted ten oral and written testimonies during the Council oversight season just concluded. With a roster completed with two new members selected in last fall’s elections, the new Council kicked…

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