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Good but Not Great: Improving Access to Public Records under the D.C. Freedom of Information Act

University of the District of Columbia Law, Vol. 13 No. 2, Summer 2010

48 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2011  

Margaret B. Kwoka

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Melissa Davenport

George Washington University - Law School; Equal Justice Works

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

The District of Columbia’s Freedom of Information Act was enacted to ensure transparency and accountability in the city’s government. This Article describes various ways in which the Act has failed to live up to its fullest potential, including the types of difficulties encountered by the public and the media when seeking government records. It then proposes a number of concrete reforms that would improve the functioning of the District’s government records access apparatus, including establishing of an independent agency with oversight authority, training on information access, streamlining and expediting the records request process, encouraging public use of the law by strengthening the attorneys’ fees provision, and increasing the amount of affirmative disclosure of government records.

Keywords: FOIA, Government Transparency, Attorneys’ Fees, Freedom of Information Act

Suggested Citation

Kwoka, Margaret B. and Davenport, Melissa, Good but Not Great: Improving Access to Public Records under the D.C. Freedom of Information Act (2010). University of the District of Columbia Law, Vol. 13 No. 2, Summer 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1927523

Margaret B. Kwoka (Contact Author)

University of Denver Sturm College of Law ( email )

2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/profile/margaret-kwoka

Melissa Davenport

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Equal Justice Works

Washington, DC
United States

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