Coalition Offers Another Community Training — September 30 on Police Records

The D.C.Open Government Coalition is continuing its series of community conversations, offered in tandem with the D.C. Public Libraries, to exchange experiences of community members in getting information from the D.C. government and offer tools and tips on how to get all kinds of records that the city must share with the public.

Our next session is coming up. It is free but registration in requested.

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30.

Where: Anacostia branch, D.C. Public Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020. Ora Glover meeting room.
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Topic: How to get information from the Metropolitan Police Department.

Everyone is invited to the session, which will last about an hour and include plenty of time for questions.

Sign up here:

Questions? Email

“Digging Into Education” – July 12, 6:00 p.m. – slides here from Coalition experts and here from D.C. Office of Open Government

If you missed this event, check out slides available at links above.

The latest series of DC Open Government Coalition trainings on how to gain access to DC government information began in May 2023 and continues this summer and fall.

Have questions about how to get records from the D.C. government? Getting into public meetings you thought were supposed to be open?

Join the D.C. Open Government Coalition, a group of volunteer watchdogs, for “Digging into D.C.,” a series of community conversations on finding D.C. government information via records and meetings.

In collaboration with the D.C. Public Library, the Coalition will again be offering tips about obtaining information from our city government, and how to keep at it through delay or complications.

Following the first session on access generally, the next two are more specialized — on education and law enforcement information. Expert speakers will offer tips such as:

  • Finding the right place to submit records requests (or meetings to attend),
  • Submitting a request in a way that gets a useful response the first time,
  • What to do about delays, denials, and fees.

Audience interest will suggest further topics. In the upcoming education session some could include:

  • differences in access to meetings and records between individual charter schools and their boards of trustees, the Public Charter School Board, and DC Public Schools;
  • parents’ rights to see student records and more;
  • access to DCPS school budgets, including to meetings and records of Local School Advisory Teams (which advise principals on budget); and
  • how to evaluate schools (test scores, official “report cards,” and other ways).

“Digging into D.C.” sessions are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Register here.

E-mail for more information.

When: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 — 6 p.m.

Where: Watha T. Daniel Neighborhood Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW, Room 1 


Recordings of our previous training sessions can be found below:

Session One: Digging into DC Public Schools

The D.C. Open Government Coalition’s kickoff session for Digging into DC, open government training for the community, was held on July 20, 2021. Here are our slides and tip sheet of the event. Questions? Email

Session Two: Digging into DC’s Metropolitan Police Department

The D.C. Open Government Coalition’s second session in the community training program, Digging into D.C., held on Oct. 12, 2021 discussed challenges getting information from the city’s police department. Here are our slides and tip sheet Questions? Email