University of the District of Columbia Law, Vol. 13 No. 2, Summer 2010
48 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2011
Date Written: 2010
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: 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