OUC FOIA Requests
The Office of Communications (OUC) is the custodian of records for audio transmissions and event chronologies for the Metropolitan Police Department and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services. We are also responsible for preparing and reviewing audio for quality assurance. The retention period for audio recordings is three years; thereafter, they are automatically purged.
The FOIA Officer is the principal contact point within OUC for advice and policy guidance on matters pertaining to the administration of the FOIA. The FOIA Officer is charged with administering the Freedom of Information Act in a matter that is both professional and expeditious. The FOIA Officer is available to the public to provide advice and policy guidance on all matters related to the Freedom of information Act. The Office of Unified Communications, and all District of Columbia Government agencies, are governed by District of Columbia Official Code § 2-531 et seq. Requesting parties are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the content of the law.
Submitting a FOIA Request
FOIA requests ideally should be made in writing. If the request is mailed, the envelope shall prominently be marked "FOIA Request." The FOIA Officer may request that an oral request be reduced to writing, if the requested records are not customarily made available by the public body.
Requesting parties are encouraged to submit requests through electronic mail to the FOIA Officer via email at email@example.com.
What You Can Expect
Once you have submitted your request, the DC FOIA statute provides that public bodies are required to respond to a FOIA request within 15 working days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays). The response period begins on the date the request is actually received by the FOIA Officer of the public body that maintains the records you are requesting. Public bodies may extend the time for a response by an additional 10 working days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal public holidays) for unusual circumstances, as defined by DC Official Code § 2-532(d).
Please be sure to include at least one method of communication so that the FOIA Officer may contact you in order to properly handle your request (email, phone number, fax, business or home address).
Office of Unified Communications
2720 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20032
For more information on how to file a FOIA request, visit the Government Resource Center.