About Open Government in DC

The District is a strong advocate for open government and provides a large quantity of government information available to the public. If the information you are looking for is not already available on DC.Gov, you may submit a FOIA request.

Draft Open Data Policy

The District has released a draft open data policy that is open for comment until February 15, 2015. Find the policy and comment on it at drafts.dc.gov. Comments are also accepted by:

  • Sending an email to open@dc.gov
  • Tweeting questions and ideas to @octodc on Twitter using the hashtag #opendatadc
  • Mailing comments c/o Open Data Policy, 200 I Street SE, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20003

Government Performance

  • Track DC - provides performance information on all District agencies
  • Grade DC - reports on resident grading of 15 District agencies and enables residents to provide input for the next monthly grades
  • Green Dashboard - provides data on the District’s sustainability performance

Open Data and Other Open Government Information

Open Government Agency Records

Agencies are required to ensure that the following records are made available to the public. Each agency’s required records are found on its Open Government and FOIA page. For some agencies, these records do not exist and are not listed. In cases where records exist but are not yet available online, agencies are working to provide them as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the agency’s FOIA officer.

  1. Public Employee Salary Information;
  2. Administrative staff manuals and instructions;
  3. Final opinions made in the adjudication of cases;
  4. Statements of policy;
  5. Other agency determinations of the rights of the public;
  6. Information dealing with the receipt or expenditure of public funds;
  7. Budget information;
  8. Minutes of public meetings;
  9. Absentee owners addresses, and building permits;
  10. Frequently requested public records
  11. District-wide and agency FOIA reports;
  12. Organizational chart;
  13. A mechanism for the public to submit feedback on the agency’s performance or other agency actions.

Each agency’s required records are found on its Open Government and FOIA page.

You may submit or review comments received on the District of Columbia’s Transparency and Open Government Policy on our comments page. View additional Open Government information.

Ask the Chief Data Officer

Do you have questions or suggestions regarding the District’s open government or open data initiative? Contact our Chief Data Officer.

Freedom of Information Act

Find each agency’s frequently requested public records that have been released under FOIA in the FOIA Reading Room.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for here or elsewhere on DC.Gov, you can submit a FOIA Request online.

To understand the process before making a request, please see foia.dc.gov.


Glossary of Terms

  • A glossary term

    To add glossary terms, edit the glossary.yaml file in the _data folder.

  • Another term

    Glossary terms need a term, slug, and definition attribute. The term attribute will appear above the definition. The slug is a unique identifier for the term. It should be lowercase, with no special characters or punctuation, and any spaces replaced with a dash.

  • Yet another term

    Want to link to a specific glossary term in your text, like this one here? You will need to edit your markdown like so:

    [this one here](#glossary){:define="yet-another-term"}

    Just place the text you want linked in the brackets and the correct slug within the quotes.