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"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.

Mayoral candidates Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans and Tommy Wells talk about transparency
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Mayoral candidates air transparency records

In response to Coalition question, Bowser, Evans and Wells discuss public access to D.C. government.

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FOIA covers Council private emails about public business

Council settles Coalition lawsuit for access to emails about public business sent from members' private accounts.

Posted on Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 8:46am

  More than 100 community activists, journalists and city officials converged on the National Press Club March 19 to learn how free access to government information can improve everyday life in Washington neighborhoods.

  The D.C. Open Government Summit: Street View, focused on making the government more transparent by using open records and meetings laws, and by making bulk government data understandable.

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 - 2:39pm

  The D.C. Open Government Coalition asked candidates in the April 1 Democratic primary seeking the nomination to be mayor: What have you done as a public official, community leader, or resident, to contribute to an open and transparent D.C. government? Please describe with as much specificity as possible. Of the eight candidates -- Carlos Allen, Muriel Bowser, Jack Evans, Reta Jo Lewis, Vincent Gray, Vincent Orange, Andy Shallal and Tommy Wells -- Bowser, Evans and Wells responded. Their answers appear below verbatim.