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:
- DC Regulations and DC Register - District regulations, the District Register and Mayoral Orders
- Budget and Revenue - comprehensive information about the District’s budget
- Contracts and Procurement - provides contracting information from a variety of agency sources
- Public Employee Salary Information - salary information about District employees
- Public Safety Data - emergency response data, crime data, and more
- School Data - school performance and facility information
- Real Property Data - property tax records, land records and deeds, zoning regulations and maps, District property records, and more
Mayor's Orders and DC.Gov Resources
- Appointments - Open Government Advisory Group - Mayor's Order 2017-309
- Establishment - Open Government Advisory Group - Mayor's Order 2016-094
- Mayor's Order - 2016-094: Establishment – Open Government Advisory Group
- Mayor's Order - 2016-095: Appointments – Open Government Advisory Group (23 Members)
- Mayor's Order - 2016-082: Establishment – Open Government Officer
- Establishment - Open Government Advisory Group - Mayor's Order 2014-250
- Transparency, Open Government and Open Data Directive - Mayor’s Order 2014-170
- Agency Open Government Reports
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.