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Open Government and FOIA Information

Office of Open Government

Open Government Material

The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA) is committed to a transparent, open form of government. District of Columbia public policy entitles all persons to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them. Enacted in 1973, the District's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is designed to "pierce the veil of administrative secrecy and to open agency action to the light of public scrutiny." The Act gives any person the right to request records, in any form, that are prepared, owned, used, in the possession of, and retained by a public body. When FOIA requests are submitted, agencies are required to make a reasonable search for records. 

District agency websites are required to make certain records available online to the public, if those records exist. In cases where these records exist but are not yet available online, agencies are working to provide them as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the BEGA FOIA Officer. BEGA's records may be accessed using the links below.

FOIA Requests

If you cannot find the information you are looking for here or elsewhere on DC.gov you may submit a FOIA request online via the DC government Public FOIA Portal or to BEGA's FOIA Officer. Please note that FOIA requests submitted online will be easier to track and process. To understand the process before making a request, please see foia.dc.gov.

Anyone may submit a FOIA request. There is no central FOIA office in the District government; therefore, each public body responds to requests for its own records. To submit a request, you should determine which public body is likely to maintain the records you are seeking and submit a request to the FOIA Officer of that public body. A FOIA request may be submitted orally or in writing and may be mailed, faxed or emailed. When submitting your request, mark the outside of the envelope or the subject line of the fax or email: "Freedom of Information Act Request" or "FOIA Request." 

To ensure that your FOIA request is processed smoothly, please describe the record(s) you are seeking as clearly and precisely as possible. In your description, please be as specific as possible with regard to names, dates, places, events, subjects, and other pertinent details that will help BEGA identify the records you seek. The more specific you are about the records you are seeking, the more likely BEGA will be able to locate those records. We may ask you to clarify your FOIA request if we are not able to ascertain, understand, or determine what records you are seeking. This may delay the processing of your request, so please make your request as specific as possible.  Include a daytime telephone number, email address or mailing address in your request letter so that the FOIA Officer may contact you, if necessary.

FOIA requests for the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability's records should be mailed/faxed/emailed to:

BEGA's FOIA Officer: 

Johnnie Barton, Esq., BEGA Office of Open Government
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 830S, Washington, DC 20001
[email protected]
(202) 741-5373

 

Administrative Appeals

If BEGA denies your FOIA request, you may file an action in D.C. Superior Court or submit and administrative appeal to the Mayor. If an administrative appeal is submitted to the Mayor, it may be submitted online via the DC government Public FOIA Portal. An appeal may also be submitted by mail or email. The appeal must include a copy of the original request as well as a copy of the public body's written denial letter issued to you, if any. In addition, the appeal must include a written statement of the arguments, circumstances, or reasons in support of the information sought by your request. The appeal letter must include "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" or "FOIA Appeal" in the subject line of the letter as well as marked on the outside of the envelope. You may direct a written appeal to:

[email protected]

Or

Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel
FOIA Appeal
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 407
Washington, DC 20004

A copy of the appeal must be provided to BEGA and must be addressed to the BEGA’s FOIA Officer.

 

Open Meetings Complaints Act and FOIA Advice

The Office of Open Government provides advice on FOIA and enforces the Open Meetings Act (OMA).

Request FOIA Advice Online

File an OMA Complaint Online