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Office of Open Government

The Office of Open Government (OOG) is an independent office under the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA) charged with advancing open governance in the District of Columbia.
The OOG ensures city-wide compliance with the Open Meetings Act and advocate for fair and efficient Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) processing. If you are a member of the public, the OOG will help you file FOIA requests with the proper District Government agency.

Data and Information Sources

The Open Data Catalog provides hundreds of District government datasets, available as raw downloads in a variety of formats, and through APIs.
Outside of the Data Catalog, you can find:

Mayor's Orders and DC.Gov Resources

Agency Information

Locating Agency Records

Agencies are required to ensure that certain records are made available to the public. Each of these records, when they exist, should be listed on the agency’s 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.
  • Public Employee Salary Information;
  • Administrative staff manuals and instructions;
  • Final opinions made in the adjudication of cases;
  • Statements of policy;
  • Other agency determinations of the rights of the public;
  • Information dealing with the receipt or expenditure of public funds;
  • Budget information;
  • Minutes of public meetings;
  • Absentee owners addresses, and building permits;
  • Frequently requested public records
  • District-wide and agency FOIA reports;
  • Organizational chart;
A mechanism for the public to submit feedback on the agency’s performance or other agency actions.

Finding and Submitting FOIA Requests

If you have any questions or cannot find what you need, please contact the agency’s FOIA officer or the Office of Open Government.
Frequently requested public records that have been released under FOIA can be found in the FOIA Reading Room.
If you cannot find the information you are looking for there or elsewhere on DC.Gov, you can submit a FOIA Request online.
To understand the process before making a request, please see or reach out to the Office of Open Government for assistance.