Coalition Testifies Seeking Stronger Oversight to Correct FOIA Failures at D.C. Dep’t of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs

A D.C. Council committee roundtable chaired by Vincent Orange (D-At Large) on July 13 listened to a crowded hearing room packed with residents angry about illegal construction and weak consumer protection by city regulators in the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).

The Open Government Coalition testified on basic problems for those seeking simple information. Building permits (approved or pending, plus the full file of plans) must by law be posted online but–years after the requirement took effect–remain unavailable. Continue…