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
Child & Family Services Agency There is an indexed and searchable CFSA Online Policy Manual that includes Administrative Issuances. click here
Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure Nothing found.
Commission on the Arts & Humanities Nothing found.
DC Water and Sewer Authority Board Approved Resolutions and Board Bylaws are linked. click here
Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs Nothing found.
DC Public Library Information on DC Library policies is posted on the FOIA page. click here
Department of Health There is a list of DOH policies. click here
Department of Human Resources Nothing found.
Department of Behavioral Health There are links to both "Policies" and "Rules." click here
District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles Nothing found.
Department of Parks & Recreation Nothing found.
Department of Corrections There is a list of department policies. click here
Department of Housing & Community Development Nothing found.
Washington Convention Center Authority Nothing found.
Department of Small and Local Business Development Nothing found.
Department on Disability Services There are policies published online. click here
Department of General Services There is one official statement of policy. click here
Department of Energy & Environment There are policies posted on the Publications page. click here
Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services There are policies posted on the Publications page. click here
District Department of Transportation Nothing found.
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Link to District Preparedness System Legal Handbook (Handbook) from District Preparedness Section. click here
Office of Administrative Hearings Nothing found.
Office of Contracting & Procurement Nothing found.
Office of Employee Appeals Nothing found.
Office of Human Rights Nothing found.
Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining Not applicable.
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development Nothing found.
Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment Nothing found.
Office of Risk Management Nothing found.
Office of the Attorney General Nothing found.
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 Annual reports from medical examiner posted up until 2015 under About OCME tab. click here
Office of the Chief Technology Officer
Office of the City Administrator Collective bargaining agreements posted under Labor Relations. click here
Office of Planning Nothing found.
Office of the State Superintendent of Education Nothing found.
Office of Zoning Nothing found.
Sentencing Commission Under Information, there's information on the Sentencing Reform Act of 2000. click here
Office on Aging Nothing found.
Public Service Commission Nothing found.
Department of Public Works Nothing found.
D.C. Public Schools The DCPS Policies section includes several school-related policy issues, from employee leave to school visitor procedures. click here
Department of Human Services Policies available at the link. click here
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Nothing found.
Department of Insurance, Securities & Banking Nothing found.
Office of Police Complaints Policy Recommendations posted under Policy Recommendations tab. click here
Office of the Inspector General Nothing found.
Metropolitan Police Department Some General Orders are posted under Directives for Public Release. click here
Office of the District of Columbia Auditor Nothing found.
Board of Elections and Ethics Nothing found.
Department of Employment Services Nothing found.
Fire & Emergency Medical Services Department Interpretations of policies for Fire & EMS personnel can be found by clicking on Departmental Orders under the About FEMS page. It was last updated in 2015 though. 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.