D.C. Council members David Grosso (I-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) on Tuesday introduced a bill that would attempt to streamline public access to government actions, meetings and information that might otherwise be hard to find.
Under the Strengthening Transparency and Open Access to Government Act of 2016, all information yielded by individual Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests would be “published to the District of Columbia online FOIA public access library.”
It would also expand the public reporting requirements for District agencies, and the Office of Open Government would handle all appeals for rejected FOIA requests.
Grosso, who is up for reelection this year, said the bill would also require the mayor to publish the names and “demographic data” of all appointees to government boards and commissions in one place, so that the public can more easily track political appointments.
“It is my strong belief that an open and transparent government is more likely to be an effective and ethical government — a good government,” he said.