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.

Coalition Successes in Council Advocacy: D.C. Fiscal 2023 Budget Plans Can Strengthen Open Government 

Open Government Coalition recommendations led to funding and other specific directions to D.C. agencies, including for new plans to deal with 21st century issues of access and archiving of digital records, according to D.C. legislative…

D.C. Agencies' FOIA Request Backlog Huge for Second Year

D.C. agencies ended 2021 with over 3,000 unanswered requests for records, according to the mayor's annual FOIA processing report released in March. Coalition analysis of the last five years of such reports shows 2021 was…

Coalition’s Budget Testimonies Cap Council Hearings Season  

The D.C. Open Government Coalition has asked the D.C. Council for six investments to build transparency:   Fund improvements in Advisory Neighborhood Commissions’ records management and FOIA responseFund surge staff to clean up backlog of…

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