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D.C. body-cam program highlights issues of national concern
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D.C. body-cam access aired on Newseum TV

D.C. is at forefront of national debate over need to protect public access with sensitivity to crime victims' privacy concerns.

Flagstaff, Ariz., body camera video captures fatal encounter
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Coalition updates nationwide body cam access report

Find out how states, cities are addressing thorny issues of collection, retention and public access.

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Coalition's first amicus brief tests Council exemption claim

Superior Court ruling would create 'FOIA black hole' from which Council records might never escape.

Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:24pm

The D.C. Open Government Coalition is sponsoring its seventh annual Open Government Summit Tuesday, March 13.

The program will focus on three critical areas now in the forefront of transparency issues in the District of Columbia government: legislation to seal or expunge criminal records; the future of the D.C. Office of Open Government (OOG), an independent office under the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA); and how to improve the availability of open data to District residents. Tracie Hughes, recently dismissed by BEGA as the OOG’s director, will be interviewed as part of the program.

Posted on Friday, February 9, 2018 - 2:20pm

D.C. February 9, 2018 -- Listing only plans to redefine the job of Office of Open Government director (adding performance measures and more reporting in), Tameka Collier, chair of the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA), Thursday (8) offered the D.C. Council few details to explain the board’s decision not to reappoint Traci Hughes, the current director as her five-year term ends in April.

Her work was fine, said Collier, but Hughes just hadn’t “collaborated” enough.

Pressed by committee chair, Charles Allen, what that meant, Collier cited an episode in fall 2017. An angry agency head wrote the board to complain about Hughes’s office. Investigation of complaints had suggested a host of problems with meetings, and even the possibility significant actions had been taken without enough properly appointed members which the office referred to others to consider.