eFoia Audit of Washington, D.C.

Web FOIA Compliance: Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration

Government agencies in Washington, D.C., broadly ignore a 2001 law, which requires them to post 10 categories of public records on their websites, according to a public records audit conducted by the D.C. Open Government Coalition in conjunction with the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University.

Public Information What's on the Website Link
How to FOIA
There is a FOIA Requests link on the home page. click here
Employee information: names, titles, salaries, dates of emloyment
An organizational chart with names, titles, and contact information can be found by first clicking on About ABRA, then clicking a chart link, but there is no salary information. click here
Staff manuals, instructions There are no such links on the home page. There is a link to the ABC Licensee Information Handbook, which explains ABC law and procedures. click here
Final opinions, orders Board orders for 2010 are posted under Board and Legal Findings. click here
Interpretations of policies, rules, acts Under Licenses, information is provided on the licensing process, license fees, applications and current license holders. click here
Regulatory and enforcement correspondence Under Education and Services, the website provides a section called Knowledgebase that provides basic information about ABC guidelines, definitions and policies. click here
Account, voucher, contract information Nothing found.
Minutes, all proceedings Transcripts of 2010 board hearings are available. click here
Frequently requested FOIA records Nothing found.
General index of records to be posted online Nothing found.

FOIA CONTACT Information

Bill Hager
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration
941 North Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Email: william.hager@dc.gov

Primary research for this audit was conducted by Howard University journalism students LeeSandra Alexandre and Melissa Noel while interning at the Workshop. The project was edited by Pete Weitzel, who is a board member at the DCOGC and a former managing editor of the Miami Herald. FOIA contact information is from DCOGC.