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.
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
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
Office of Administrative Hearings Nothing found.
Office of Contracting & Procurement Link under Law and Regulations tab. click here
Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment 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 Information on the policies of the agency's Revenue Bond Program is provided under Opportunities and Programs. click here
Office of Risk Management Nothing found.
Office of Planning Under Services there's information on how to apply for historic home designation and how to apply for historic homeowner's grants. click here
Office of the Attorney General Under Protecting Consumers, there's a link to filing a consumer complaint. click here
Office of the Chief Financial Officer Audit reports found under Reports tab. click here
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Under Services link to filing Application for Cremation, Anatomical Donation or Burial at Sea Approval. click here
Office of the Chief Technology Officer Information on obtaining and replacing DC One Cards under DC One Card. click here
Office of the City Administrator Not applicable
Office of the State Superintendent of Education Under Services, there's information on different programs available for students. click here
Office of Zoning Under Services, there's information like handbooks and zoning maps. click here
Office on Aging Under Services, there's information on services available to seniors. click here
Public Service Commission Nothing found.
Sentencing and 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
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
Office of Police Complaints Nothing found.
Office of the Inspector General Under Services, there's information on how to report Report Waste, Fraud, and Abuse: click here
Fire & Emergency Medical Services Department Nothing found.
Metropolitan Police Department The Services section links to information on firearms registration. 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


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.