The District is a strong advocate for open government and provides a large quantity of government information available to the public.

On this site you can learn more about DC’s Open Government policies and open source projects, how to find government data and information, and who to contact for more.

Policy »

Building off of the 2014 Open Government and Open Data Directive, DC Government is working on a new Open Data Policy.

It was publicly posted to, where members of the public could comment on it and propose edits. All such annotations remain visible online. The policy is being revised prior to the opening of a formal comment period. Learn more by visiting the Policy page.

Getting Information »

Much of DC Government’s data and information is already available online. From regulations, to geographic information, to budget data, and more. Find out about these resources on the Information page.

If you are looking for information that is not yet public, you can submit a FOIA request (Freedom of Information Act).

Reaching Out »

You can also reach out with questions or suggestions regarding the District’s open government, data, and code. Find out how on the Contact page.


Glossary of Terms

  • A glossary term

    To add glossary terms, edit the glossary.yaml file in the _data folder.

  • Another term

    Glossary terms need a term, slug, and definition attribute. The term attribute will appear above the definition. The slug is a unique identifier for the term. It should be lowercase, with no special characters or punctuation, and any spaces replaced with a dash.

  • Yet another term

    Want to link to a specific glossary term in your text, like this one here? You will need to edit your markdown like so:

    [this one here](#glossary){:define="yet-another-term"}

    Just place the text you want linked in the brackets and the correct slug within the quotes.