Blog Posts

    D.C. Open Government Coalition Sunshine Week Summit Now Available for Viewing

    March 26, 2021, by Fritz Mulhauser

    Watch the Coalition’s Sunshine Week program here. Dive in and you can catch Council member Brooke Pinto (D-Ward 2) describing the police chief’s new FOIA exemption–“it’s secret because we’re being sued”–justifying his agency’s closely held report on last summer’s Swann Street mass arrests (the Coalition has its own FOIA request in for that report); Council […]

    Coalition Welcomes D.C. Police Reform Commission Recommendations to Release More Body Cam Video and Records of Police Complaints and Discipline

    March 25, 2021, by Fritz Mulhauser

    At its final meeting Monday (22), the Police Reform Commission agreed on a recommendation that the Metropolitan Police Department be required to release body worn camera (BWC) video with less redaction.  The recommendation follows a legal opinion of the Office of Open Government (OOG) that present redaction incorrectly applies privacy protections in D.C public records […]

    Saga of Secret D.C. School Names Ends: D.C. Schools Now Say No Children Were Involved in 2018-19 Sexual Misconduct Cases

    March 3, 2021, by Fritz Mulhauser

    D.C. Public Schools officials now say that the cases of sexual misconduct in four schools in 2018-19 did not involve students. This information has been withheld from anxious parents but was obtained by the Open Government Coalition under the D.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In response to community concern in 2019 after an incident […]

    Some Long Overdue MPD Stop-and-Frisk Data Issued After Second Lawsuit

    March 1, 2021, by Fritz Mulhauser

    UPDATE 3/8/21: MPD released a full year of data for 2020 on Friday, March 5. Early write-up in dcist here. The dataset includes 81,000 stops and MPD provided a brief analysis. The Metropolitan Police Department on February 22 published year-old data on street stops for part of 2020, required by a provision of the wide […]

    Public Will Have Greater Access in this Year’s D.C. Council Online Budget Hearings

    February 23, 2021, by Fritz Mulhauser

    UPDATE 4/14/21: The Council voted April 6 to extend the Fiscal Year 2022 budget submission date further, now to April 27, 2021. See April 12 readout by the Arent Fox law firm. UPDATE 3/1/21: The mayor and Council are postponing submission of the Fiscal Year 2022 budget in hopes it can include billions in federal […]

    2021 Open Government Summit: Save The Date — Thursday, March 18, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

    February 20, 2021, by Fritz Mulhauser

    The D.C. Open Government Coalition invites you to this year’s Open Government Summit. Dive in with Coalition leaders and guests to examine public and charter school transparency, the coronavirus pandemic’s ongoing impact on government records access, and the views regarding government transparency of two recently elected D.C. Council members. This year, the annual Sunshine Week […]

    More Transparent Policing: Open Government Coalition Agenda in Talks with Reform Commission

    February 6, 2021, by Fritz Mulhauser

    The D.C. Open Government Coalition has urged the D.C. Police Reform Commission to recommend expanded public information access as one key way to improve trust and accountability—specifically access to body-worn camera video and to complaints and investigations of misconduct. The D.C. Council established the 20-member commission last year, with a mandate to review policing practices […]

    DC Parents Beg, Scrape and Crowdsource Covid-19 Data

    February 5, 2021, by Sandra Moscoso

    This piece was written by DCOGC Board Member Sandra Moscoso and edited by Board Member Miranda Spivack. This post is part of a series that will become a case study in the upcoming D.C. Open Government Coalition’s open government education and training program.  In the meantime, follow us on Twitter at @DCOGC, our Facebook page, […]

    More Schools Soon to Reopen in District, but Unclear What Data Being Used

    January 29, 2021, by Sandra Moscoso

    This piece was written by DCOGC Board Member Sandra Moscoso and edited by Board Member Miranda Spivack. This post is part of a series that will become a case study in the upcoming D.C. Open Government Coalition’s open government education and training program.  In the meantime, follow us on Twitter at @DCOGC, our Facebook page, […]

    Deadlines Are Reinstated for D.C. Public Records Requests – But Some Agencies Didn’t Get the Memo (At Least Not Without Coalition Prodding)

    January 26, 2021, by Fritz Mulhauser

    Information on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) deadlines has been incorrect for weeks on the main website used by thousands submitting public records requests to over 50 D.C. agencies. The D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) also put incorrect deadline information in a standard form letter acknowledging a new request. Both texts misled the public. They warned […]