Agenda for 2024 – join us

DC Open Government Coalition campaigns in 2024 include:

  • Office of Administrative Hearings – seeking public access to records of current cases and publishing opinions of decided cases now secret
  • Metropolitan Police Department – opposing new limits on public information on police misconduct included in multiple crime bills, seeking funding for FOIA access to files of past police misconduct complaints and new database with future decided complaints (passed by the Council in 2022 but unfunded) — along with related advocacy for improved estimates of bills’ costs by the Chief Financial Officer
  • DC Archives – pushing for appropriate plans and staffing for new building now being designed to showcase and make publicly accessible past DC records
  • Office of the Chief Technology Officer – advocating improved online FOIA request portal and public access to data on requests.

We will continue to:

  • Help: responding to individuals with open government difficulties
  • Sue: going to court to get needed changes (pending case in D.C. Superior Court for access to database of FOIA requests, and another in D.C. Court of Appeals, amicus brief by Coalition to enforce FOIA publication requirements the mayor has ignored)
  • Blow the whistle: filing requests for advisory opinions by the Office of Open Government on agency mistakes in implementing the DC FOI law
  • Convene: we will hold another community “Summit” in March to celebrate Sunshine week and continue public education forums around the District, and
  • Build our Coalition: by recruiting new board members to expand community connections.

With DC Council attention in 2023-24 centered on crime and budget problems, we have postponed longstanding legislative objectives such as:

  • a Council-sponsored commission on policy and decision-making processes for all aspects of 21st century access to government information
  • FOIA expansion to charter schools
  • making permanent the current temporary DC Code limits on government employee use of private messaging apps for official business.

For further information and to get involved, we can be reached at info@dcogc.org.