eFoia Audit of Washington, D.C.

Web FOIA Compliance: Interpretations of policies, rules, acts

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.

Click on an agency's name to see more about what information is available on its website.

Interpretations of policies, rules, acts
Agency What's on the Website Link
Board of Elections and Ethics There is a section on DCBOEE & Regulations linked from the home page that includes Administrative Orders and other information on election procedures. click here
Child & Family Services Agency There is an indexed and searchable CFSA Online Policy Manual that includes Administrative Issuances. click here
DC Public Library Information on DC Library policies is posted in the About Us section. click here
Commission on the Arts & Humanities Bylaws are posted in the Information section. click here
Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure Rules can be found by clicking on About CJDT, then Commission Rules and Regulations. The commission also posts its annual report and the Code of Judicial Conduct. There are FAQs which provide interpretations of some acts and rules. click here
DC Water and Sewer Authority Board Approved Resolutions and Board Bylaws are linked to under Statements of Policy in the Compliance section. click here
Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs Under Frequently Requested FOIA Materials, information on Policies, Procedures and Protocol documents and Services is available. click here
Department of Health The Addiction Administration's Provider Manual presents Service Definitions, Rates, Limitations, Eligibility Standards and Documentation Requirements. Governing Laws and Regulations for that unit are provided in the Frequently Requested FOIA Materials section. The Center for Policy, Planning and Epidemiology links to the D.C. Code of Municipal Regulations in its FOIA Information section. The Community Health Administration provides Interim Guidelines for Implementation of the "Student Access to Treatment Act" under its Child, Adolescent and School Health Bureau link on the unit's page. click here
Department of Corrections The website provides policies and rules in eight categories of Program Statements: General Administration, Business & Fiscal Administration, Human Resource Management, Inmate Management, Facilities Management, Security Management, Medical Management and Community Service Management. click here
Department of Employment Services Both the Services and the Information sections provide links to information on programs and policies. click here
Department of Housing & Community Development The Housing Regulation Administration links to The Rental Housing Act of 1985, The Condominium Act of 1976 Technical and Clarifying Amendment under the Housing Regulations Conversion and Sale Act of 1980. click here
Department of Human Resources The Services section provides information on benefits, performance management, training and development and a variety of other services. click here
District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles Nothing found.
Department of Parks & Recreation Nothing found.
Department of Mental Health The Policies, Procedures and Rules section provides links to information on policies, notices, manuals and personnel management. click here
Department of Real Estate Services There are guidelines in the Publications and Tools sections. The agency also posts a series of Case Studies to show what has been done previously. click here
Department of Small and Local Business Development The Information section has a range of entries linking to explanatory sections on loan programs, commercial codes, agency law updates, and compliance monitoring. click here
District Department of the Environment The Regulatory and Legislative Affairs section includes current air, energy, hazardous waste and water regulations and orders issued by the mayor. click here
Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services Not applicable.
Department on Disability Services There is an Online Policy Manual. click here
Fire & Emergency Medical Services Department Interpretations of policies are available under Administrative Bullets, Statement of Policy and Interpretation of Policy. click here
District Department of Transportation Nothing found. click here
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency There is a section on Emergency Plans that includes the District Response Plan click here
Metropolitan Police Department Some General Orders are posted under Directives for Public Release. click here
Office of Administrative Hearings Cases orders and decisions are provided for 2000 through 2008. No 2009 orders or decisions had been posted as of the end of the year. click here
Office of Cable Television Customer service regulations and the Television Reform Amendment Act of 2002 are available in the Documents section. click here
Office of Contracting & Procurement There is a section on OCP Policies and Procedures listed on the home page under Information. click here
Office of Employee Appeals Nothing found.
Office of Human Rights The Office of Human Rights section includes a Laws, Regulations, and Policies segment. There is also a link to the Human Rights Act of 1977, and to orders issued by the mayor. click here
Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining Not applicable.
Office of Planning Guidelines and grant information on a number of programs are posted in the Historic Preservation section. There is a link from there to Enforcement priorities. click here
Office of Police Complaints Complaint Examiner Decisions dating back to 2003 are posted. click here
Office of Risk Management Nothing found.
Office of the Attorney General The web site lists a single AG opinion in its home page Information section. There are no copies of opinions issued to the mayor or any administrative agencies. Advisories to Area Neighborhood Councils are listed. click here
Office of the Chief Financial Officer Annual financial reports are linked from the Information section and audit documents are posted in the Integrity and Oversight section. click here
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Autopsy reports cannot be obtained online, however there are instructions on how to obtain a hardcopy. click here
Office of the Chief Technology Officer There is an OCTO Programs section which provides brief descriptions and goals of six office programs. click here
Office of the City Administrator Nothing found.
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development Revenue Bond, Qualified Zone Bond and Tax Increment Financing Program regulations are linked from the FAQ page click here
Office of the District of Columbia Auditor Nothing found.
Office of the Inspector General There is a summary of the IG's responsibilities and of the enabling legislation. click here
Office of the State Superintendent of Education Resolutions of the State Board of Education through 2009 and of the State Education Agency through 2007 are posted in the State Board of Education section. click here
Office of Zoning There are links under Information to pages that let you search Zoning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment Orders and meeting Transcripts. click here
Office on Aging There is an Annual Report to the People posted under Publications but it is for 2006. There are also fact sheets there in several languages.
Public Service Commission The home page link to Orders & Regulations in turn links to Title 15 of the D.C. Municipal Regulations, which implemented the Public Utilities Amendment. There is also an eDocket System that links to orders and pending cases. click here
Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission There is a link to the Sentencing Guidelines Practice Manual on the home page. click here
Washington Convention Center Authority Nothing found.
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Under Licenses, information is provided on the licensing process, license fees, applications and current license holders. click here
Department of Public Works The Services on Your Block heading links to information on trash collection, litter and graffiti removal, and recycling. Parking Enforcement provides information on parking tickets and booting, towing, and abandon vehicles. There is also an Education and Outreach section that provides information on other DPW services. click here
D.C. Public Schools The DCPS Policies section includes common issues faced by students, parents, employees and the community. The categories include School Culture and Student Behavior, Parent Involvement Policy and Technology use. click here
Department of Human Services There are Notes/Summaries on the Interagency Council on Homeless, Hypothermia Debriefing, ICH Community Round Table meeting, and Emergency Rule making for the DHS Shelter, and Supportive Housing. click here
Department of Insurance, Securities & Banking There is a section on Regulations, Bulletins, Notices and Orders issued by the department under Services and Information. click here


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.