Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, DC Official Code §§ 2-531 et seq., provides that 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 at DC Official Code § 2-534.
A FOIA request may 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 does withhold records or portions of records, it must specify which exemption of the FOIA permits the withholding. FOIA does not require agencies to do research, to analyze data, to answer written questions, or to create records in order to respond to a request.
The FOIA Officer is the principal contact point within the D.C. Public Charter School Board for advice and policy guidance on matters pertaining to the administration of the FOIA. All requests are handled professionally and expeditiously.
FOIA requests may be oral, in writing (print), and by email. If the request is written, the envelope shall prominently be marked "FOIA Request." If the request is by email, the subject of the email should be “FOIA Request.” The FOIA Officer may request that an oral request be reduced to writing, if the requested records are not customarily made available by the public body.
Government and Public Affairs Manager
3333 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 328-2748
Fax: (202) 328-2661