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Open Government and FOIA - OUC

The District is committed to a transparent, open form of government. District agency websites are required to make certain records available online to the public if those records exist. In cases where these records exist but are not yet available online, agencies are working to provide them as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the FOIA Officer.

FOIA Information

If you cannot find the information you are looking for here or elsewhere on you can submit a FOIA request online via the DC government Public FOIA Portal. Requests may also be submitted by mail, fax or email. However, please note that FOIA requests submitted online will be easier to track and process.

To understand the process before making a request, please see

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.

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).

FOIA Officer

The FOIA Officer is the principal contact point within the Office of Unified Communications (OUC) for advice and policy guidance on matters pertaining to the administration of the FOIA. All requests are handled professionally and expeditiously. OUC’s FOIA Officer’s information is listed below.

FOIA Officer
Office of Unified Communications
2720 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20032
[email protected]