eFoia Audit of Washington, D.C.

Web FOIA Compliance: Staff manuals, instructions

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.

Staff manuals, instructions
Agency What's on the Website Link
Child & Family Services Agency There are a list of publications and guides for CFSA staff. click here
Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure Nothing found.
Commission on the Arts & Humanities Nothing found.
DC Water and Sewer Authority Nothing found.
Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs There is a section with staff procedural manuals. click here
DC Public Library Staff manuals can be found at this link. click here
Department of Health There is a list of operating procedures for staff. click here
Department of Human Resources Administrative and staff manuals are available from this page. click here
Department of Behavioral Health Nothing found.
District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles There are driver and operator manuals in different languages. click here
Department of Parks & Recreation There is a electronic personnel manual posted. click here
Department of Corrections There is a list of general staff administration manuals. click here
Department of Housing & Community Development Administrative and staff manuals are available at this link. click here
Washington Convention Center Authority Nothing found.
Department of Small and Local Business Development Nothing found.
Department on Disability Services There are a list of staff manuals and instructions available. click here
Department of General Services There are staff manuals and guides available. click here
Department of Energy & Environment Nothing found.
Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services Administrative manuals are available. click here
District Department of Transportation Nothing found.
Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Nothing found.
Office of Administrative Hearings Nothing found.
Office of Contracting & Procurement Link to Administrative Manuals from FOIA and Open Government page. click here
Office of Employee Appeals Link to Electronic-District Personnel Manual under Policies and Procedures tab. click here
Office of Human Rights Link from Open Government page doesn't work. click here
Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining Nothing found.
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 Legislation and policies under Reports tab. click here
Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Statutes and Regulations posted under the About section. 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 Planning Nothing found.
Office of the State Superintendent of Education Nothing found.
Office of Zoning Link to a zoning handbook under Resources. click here
Sentencing Commission Training on Voluntary Sentencing Guidelines under Services. click here
Office on Aging A Grants Policy Manual on is posted under About. click here
Public Service Commission Nothing found.
Department of Public Works There are two staff manuals linked on the site. click here
D.C. Public Schools Nothing found.
Department of Human Services Staff policy manuals available at the link. click here
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration The administrative manuals are linked from the ABRA FOIA homepage. click here
Department of Insurance, Securities & Banking A personnel manual is available with procedural information, and the official employee handbook is available from the DISB homepage. click here
Office of Police Complaints Nothing found.
Office of the Inspector General Nothing found.
Metropolitan Police Department Nothing found.
Office of the District of Columbia Auditor Policies and Procedures manual listed under About ODCA. click here
Board of Elections and Ethics Nothing found.
Department of Employment Services There is a list of staff manuals available. click here
Fire & Emergency Medical Services Department Administrative staff manuals for Fire & EMS personnel can be found by clicking on Departmental Orders under the About FEMS page. Staff manuals link 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.