Introduction

Under the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, DC Official Code §§ 2-531 et seq., any person has the right to request access to public records.  All public bodies of the District government are required to disclose public records, except for those records, or portions of records, that are protected from disclosure by the exemptions found in DC Official Code § 2-534.

A FOIA request can be made for any public record. This does not mean, however, that the public body will disclose every record sought. Statutory exemptions authorize the withholding of certain public records.  When the public body withholds records or portions of records, it must specify which exemption of the FOIA permits the withholding. FOIA does not require agencies to conduct research, analyze data, answer written questions, or create records in order to respond to a request.

The Freedom of Information Act Requests

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