Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter V. Open Government Office.


§ 2–591. Short title.

This subchapter may be cited as the “Open Government Office Act”.


(Oct. 21, 1968, Pub. L. 90-614, title IV, § 501; as added Mar. 31, 2011, D.C. Law 18-350, § 2, 58 DCR 734.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) repeal of this subchapter, see § 1084(e) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-458, Oct. 3, 2018, 0 DCR 0).

For temporary (90 days) repeal of this subchapter, see § 1084(e) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-434, July 30, 2018, 65 DCR 8200).


§ 2–592. Establishment of the District of Columbia Open Government Office.

The District of Columbia Open Government Office (“Open Government Office”) is established as an independent office within the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability to promote open governance in the District of Columbia. All assets, staff, and unexpended appropriations of the Open Government Office shall be transferred to the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability.


(Oct. 21, 1968, Pub. L. 90-614, title IV, § 502; as added Mar. 31, 2011, D.C. Law 18-350, § 2, 58 DCR 734; Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 501(a)(1), 59 DCR 1862.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 1-1161.01 and § 2-574.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-124 rewrote the section, which formerly read:

“The District of Columbia Open Government Office (’Open Government Office’) is established as an independent agency to promote open governance in the District of Columbia.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) repeal of this subchapter, see § 1084(e) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-458, Oct. 3, 2018, 0 DCR 0).

For temporary (90 days) repeal of this subchapter, see § 1084(e) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-434, July 30, 2018, 65 DCR 8200).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 401(a)(1) of Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-298, January 29, 2012, 59 DCR 683).


§ 2–593. Powers and duties of the Open Government Office.

(a) The Open Government Office shall:

(1) Report annually, on or before February 1, on its activities, including recommendations for changes in the law;

(2) Issue advisory opinions to public bodies on compliance with subchapter IV of this chapter;

(3) Provide training to public bodies, officials, and employees related to subchapter IV of this chapter; and

(4) Issue rules to implement the provisions of this subchapter and subchapter IV of this chapter.

(b) The Open Government Office may bring suit to enforce § 2-579.

(c) The Open Government Office may issue advisory opinions on implementation of subchapter II of this chapter.


(Oct. 21, 1968, Pub. L. 90-614, title IV, § 503; as added Mar. 31, 2011, D.C. Law 18-350, § 2, 58 DCR 734.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) repeal of this subchapter, see § 1084(e) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-458, Oct. 3, 2018, 0 DCR 0).

For temporary (90 days) repeal of this subchapter, see § 1084(e) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-434, July 30, 2018, 65 DCR 8200).


§ 2–594. Director.

(a) The Open Government Office shall be headed by a Director appointed by the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability to serve a 5-year term.

(b) The Director may be reappointed and, if not reappointed, the Director shall serve until his successor has been confirmed.

(c) The Director shall not be removed before expiration of the 5-year term except for cause.

(d) The Director shall employ staff as needed.


(Oct. 21, 1968, Pub. L. 90-614, title IV, § 504; as added Mar. 31, 2011, D.C. Law 18-350, § 2, 58 DCR 734; Apr. 27, 2012, D.C. Law 19-124, § 501(a)(2), 59 DCR 1862.)

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 19-124 rewrote subsec. (a), which had read as follows: “(a) The Open Government Office shall be headed by a Director appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the Council to serve a 5-year term.”

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) repeal of this subchapter, see § 1084(e) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-458, Oct. 3, 2018, 0 DCR 0).

For temporary (90 days) repeal of this subchapter, see § 1084(e) of Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2018 (D.C. Act 22-434, July 30, 2018, 65 DCR 8200).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 401(a)(2) of Board of Ethics and Government Accountability Establishment and Comprehensive Ethics Reform Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-298, January 29, 2012, 59 DCR 683).