eFoia Audit of Washington, D.C.

Web FOIA Compliance: Regulatory and enforcement correspondence

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.

Regulatory and enforcement correspondence
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 The Information page links to a section on Frequently Requested FOIA Materials that lists a range of legal memos dating back to 2001, Fair Hearing decisions, and administrative directives. click here
DC Public Library Policies in the About Us section links to a number of policies and guidelines, including Rules of Behavior and Unattended Children. click here
Commission on the Arts & Humanities Not applicable.
Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure Annual Reports for 2005-2008 are posted. click here
DC Water and Sewer Authority Not applicable.
Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs The agency provides licensing, permit, registration, inspection, zoning and enforcement information under its Services section on the home page. click here
Department of Health The Addiction Administration posts the Choice in Drug Treatment Act of 2000 and The Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Act of 1999 in its Frequently Requested FOIA Materials section. click here
Department of Corrections Nothing found.
Department of Employment Services The Information section links to subsections on the Living Wage Act, the Workforce Investment Act, and on Labor Market Information. click here
Department of Housing & Community Development Nothing found.
Department of Human Resources The Publications section links to notices of proposed and emergency rulemaking notices, but a link to Final Rulemaking was not operative at the time of the test. click here
District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles The website provides information on vehicle registration and inspection, driver licensing and identification, adjudication and business services. click here
Department of Parks & Recreation There are sections on Dog Licensing and Dog Parks and on Partnership Programs. click here
Department of Mental Health The home page links to Policies, Procedures and Rules, which in turn links subsections on Policies and on Rules. click here
Department of Real Estate Services The Tools and Resources section on the home page provides links to the District Facilities Plan and to various other guidelines. 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 Nothing found beyond summary explanations of the agency.
Department on Disability Services Nothing found.
Fire & Emergency Medical Services Department The Administrative Bullets page includes links to the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs and to the notice of Proposed and Emergency Rulemaking. click here
District Department of Transportation Nothing found. click here
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency The Services section links to information on obtaining block party permits and on special event planning. click here
Metropolitan Police Department There is a section providing information on how to obtain police reports in accident, incident, offense and domestic abuse cases. District crime data, including weekly arrest reports and the annual index crime data, are posted. click here
Office of Administrative Hearings Nothing found.
Office of Cable Television There are links to OCT's regulatory orders involving Comcast, RCN and Verizon. Also available: the Cable Television Reform Amendment Act of 2002, Policy on Television Franchising, and Comcast PEG channel allocations. click here
Office of Contracting & Procurement The Frequently Requested FOIA Documents section provides links to regulations, policies and procedures, to the Living Wage Act, and to a guide on doing business with the District. 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 The Historic Preservation Office section links to Law and Regulations. click here
Office of Police Complaints Board regulations are posted under Information/Regulations/Office of Police Complaints. click here
Office of Risk Management Under Information, there is a link to the D.C. Code. click here
Office of the Attorney General Nothing found.
Office of the Chief Financial Officer Audit documents from 2004 to 2008 are posted in the Integrity and Oversight section. click here
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner The Statues and Regulations section deals with the Medical Examiner's authority and jurisdiction. click here
Office of the Chief Technology Officer Not applicable.
Office of the City Administrator Not applicable
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development Information on the policies of the agency's Revenue Bond Program is provided. click here
Office of the District of Columbia Auditor The Reports section includes audits, Attorney General opinions, and financial reports related to the Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. click here
Office of the Inspector General Testimony, Statements and Annual Reports of the IG are provided. click here
Office of the State Superintendent of Education The Information section provides a variety of links, including those to State Education Agency Functions, to Governance and Teaching, and to Learning Standards. click here
Office of Zoning Nothing found.
Office on Aging Nothing found.
Public Service Commission The home page links to Title 15 of the D.C. Municipal Regulations. The information is separated into 44 chapters. There is also an eDocket System where pending cases, service lists, and recent filings may be viewed. click here
Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission There is a home page link to the Sentencing Commission's 2008 report, and legislative recommendations for earlier years are included in the Annual Reports posted in the Publications section. click here
Washington Convention Center Authority There are links to resolutions of the board of directors. Keywords: About Us, The Authority, and then Board Resolutions. click here
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Under Education and Services, the website provides a section called Knowledgebase that provides basic information about ABC guidelines, definitions and policies. click here
Department of Public Works There is a Parking Enforcement link on the home page. click here
D.C. Public Schools There is information throughout the website on regulations and supervisory isses under categories that include: About DCPS, Schools, Teaching and Learning, Student Achievement, Special Education and Parents and Community. click here
Department of Human Services The District of Columbia/ Shelter Program ADA compliance is available. There are notices on Emergency Rulemaking for DHS Shelter and Supportive Housing. click here
Department of Insurance, Securities & Banking There is a section on Regulatory Areas and Functions. 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.