D.C. Council Votes to End Independence of Open Government Watchdog

Voting Tuesday (15) for a measure to place the beleaguered Office of Open Government squarely under the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA), the Council abandoned the concept of “an independent agency to promote open governance in the District of Columbia” that it enacted eight years ago. The office enforces open meetings and open records laws…

More

D.C. Council Budget Hearing Ignores Troubling Developments Affecting the Office of Open Government

The D.C. Open Government Coalition testified Friday (13) against proposed budget cuts for the Office of Open Government and in favor of a separate board of directors. OGC Government Affairs chair Bob Becker reviewed these and other problems but only the budget came up in questions, and that only briefly.  The hearing was before the…

More

DCOGC: Council should remove OOG from BEGA

April 13, 2018, Statement of Robert S. Becker – On behalf of the D.C. Open Government Coalition, Before the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety – Council of the District of Columbia, Budget Oversight Hearing – Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, Office of Open Government I am Robert Becker, the D.C. Open Government Coalition’s government…

More

BEGA won’t reappoint OOG Director Hughes

Statement: D.C. Open Government Coalition Condemns Decision to Decline to Reappoint Office of Open Government Director Today, the District’s Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA) voted to not reappoint Office of Open Government Director Traci Hughes to another term. It did not state the rational for this decision. Since 2013, Ms. Hughes has carried…

More