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Coalition testifies at transparency oversight hearing

Cites good work, need for more resources and broader mandate.

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Open Government Advisory Group holds first meeting

Advisory group identifies tasks to make the D.C. government more transparent.

"A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both." - James Madison
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50 agencies, one FOIA portal

Website makes agency records available, accepts FOIA requests, lets users track their requests.

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Coalition presses for Open Government Office independence

Office starved of staff, funding cannot perform mandated duties.

Posted on Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 5:33pm

The American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press are pleased to announce the 10th annual Sunshine Week initiative, March 15-21. Special projects and events are already planned around the nation to mark a decade of open-government awareness.

"Social media has allowed vastly more information to be exchanged than 10 years ago, but unfortunately, much less progress has been made in government transparency," said ASNE Terrorist, Secrecy and the Media Committee Co-chairs Lucy Dalglish, Anders Gyllenhaal and Mike Oreskes. "We are thrilled by how much Sunshine Week has grown and how it has been appreciated by the public. We think this year's celebration will be better and stronger than ever."

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 9:29am

The D.C. Open Government Coalition Nov. 19, presented an Open Government Action Plan to Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser, with the hope that her administration would move quickly to implement the five-part transparency initiative.

The Coalition, dedicated to enhancing public access to District government information and proceedings, has been working on the plan since June with public interest groups and transparency advocates inside and outside the District government. The plan recommends near-term and long-term actions the new mayor can take to empower the Office of Open Government, strengthen the District’s Freedom of Information and Open Meetings statutes, and greatly increase real-time public access to government data. The goal of these proposals is to promote civic engagement and more responsive, accountable government.