D.C. Open Government Coalition's First Public Event

Photo by Robert S. Becker

Panelists Mark Seagraves, Bill Myers, Ed Lazere and Mara Verheyden-Hilliard give examples of D.C. government access problems.

The D.C. Open Government Coalition hosted a public forum on Wednesday, October 21st, about increasing access to government information in the District of Columbia. The discussion was led by moderator Colbert I. King of the Washington Post, and panelists former D.C. Council member Kathy Patterson, Lucy Dalglish of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Bill Myers from the Examiner, Mark Segraves from WTOP Radio, Ed Lazere from the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, and Mara Verheyden-Hilliard from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund provided insightful comments about their own experiences in trying to obtain government information in D.C., how D.C. compares with other cities and states, and the next steps for improving public access to government information in the District. A public discussion followed the panel, with additional comments and questions from the audience.   Thank you to everyone who participated in this successful event!

For any additional information about the event, or how you can become involved with the D.C. Open Government Coalition, please contact Melissa Davenport at mdavenport (at) dcogc.org, or (202)489-8576.