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The District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act of 1976 (DC FOIA) (DC Statutes sec. 2-531–2-240) is a series of laws designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records of governmental bodies in Washington, D.C.

The District of Columbia Sunshine Act (DC Statutes sec 1-207.42) legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted.

The District of Columbia's transparency report card

A 2002 study titled Freedom of Information in the USA, conducted by IRE and BGA, ranked the District of Columbia's law as the 21st best in the country, giving it a letter grade of "C-."[1]

Public Records

"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."[2]

Open Meetings

"All meetings (including hearings)...at which official action of any kind is taken shall be open to the Public."[3]

Who May Request DC Records?

Anyone can request public documents from Washington, D.C. 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."[2]

For requester residency requirements in other states, see the list of who can make public record requests by state.

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