District of Columbia Freedom of Information

In the District of Columbia, the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA under DC Official Code §§ 2-531 et seq., provides that any person has the right to request access to public records.  All public bodies of the District government are required to disclose public records, except those records, or portions of records, that are protected from disclosure by the exemptions found in the DC Official Code § 2-534.  “The public policy of the District of Columbia is that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and employees.”  Moreover, “all meetings including hearings…at which official action of any kind is taken shall be open to the Public.”  Anyone can request public documents from Washington, D.C.


Inside District of Columbia Freedom of Information