Citing “clear misinterpretations of law” in actions taken to remove the Office of Open Government director, advertise the position with incorrect limitations on its authority, and appoint an interim director without any lawful basis, D.C. Open Government Coalition president Thomas Susman has written D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine requesting appropriate action “to ensure D.C. law is followed.” (See letter linked below.)
The Coalition remains hopeful the AG will respond soon.
The District’s top law enforcement official could assist the D.C. Council that has a pending proposal to go further to reduce the Office independence by making it a subordinate unit of the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA) that already signaled (by its prior actions) its “fundamental misunderstanding” of the Council law establishing the Office.
Earlier discussion of the pending Council proposal is in a blog post here. Read more…