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.

New Report Recommends Changes in D.C. Open Government Policy

Ideas for improving open government are in an end-of-year report from the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA). They include: extending the agency FOIA response deadline from 15 days to 20,setting a uniform…

Disappearing Message Apps: D.C. Mayor Acknowledges Using WhatsApp and Maryland Governor Seems to Be Doing State Business on Wickr

UPDATE: The Washington Post’s editors were unsparing in a January 16 editorial on Maryland Governor Hogan’s evasion of public records laws in his use of the Wickr disappearing message app, discussed below -- calling it…

Do D.C. Officials Really Need U.S. Marshals Service Permission to Talk About Jail Conditions?

UPDATE: The D.C. Attorney General has ended its representation of the Department of Corrections in “all matters arising out of or related to” the U.S. Marshals Service surprise inspection of the D.C. Jail that found…

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