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Open Government, FOIA, and CCTV Requests

Open Government Material

The District is committed to a transparent, open form of government. District agency websites are required to make certain records available online to the public, if those records exist. In cases where these records exist but are not yet available online, agencies are working to provide them as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer listed below.

FOIA Information

If you cannot find the information you are looking for here or elsewhere on DC.gov you can submit a FOIA request online  via the DC government Public FOIA Portal. Requests may also be submitted by mail, fax or email. However, please note that FOIA requests submitted online will be easier to track and process.

To understand the process before making a request, please see foia.dc.gov.

FOIA Officer

The FOIA Officer is the principal point of contact within the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) for advice and policy guidance on matters pertaining to the administration of the FOIA. All requests are handled professionally and expeditiously.  The HSEMA FOIA Officer is listed below:

Whitney Bowen, Program Analyst
District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
2720 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE , 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20032
[email protected]
Phone: (202) 481-3188
Fax: (202) 715-7288

District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Traffic Camera Feed Requests

HSEMA has access to DDOT CCTV traffic feeds in order to increase situational awareness during emergencies.

Any individual or group seeking access to DDOT CCTV footage from one or more of the cameras listed in the link below can do so by submitting a request to the FOIA Officer listed above. Requests must identify the camera(s) location along with the date and time of the requested footage. For example, “Please provide the CCTV footage from the camera at the Intersection of 12th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW captured on January 1, 2019 from 10 am to 11 am.

A list of cameras HSEMA has access to can be found here. In addition to this list, HSEMA also has access to cameras within the 3rd Street Tunnel. These cameras must be identified using the numbers in the diagram found here

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Generally, DDOT CCTV camera footage is automatically cleared every ten (10) calendar days to the minute, including weekends and holidays.  For example, footage captured on January 20, 2016 at 10:05 am will be available for preservation until January 30, 2016 at 10:04 am 3rd Street Tunnel CCTV camera footage is automatically cleared every five (5) calendars days to the minute, including weekends and holidays. The Agency recommends submitting your request as soon as possible directly to the FOIA Officer at the email address listed above to increase the likelihood that your request can be filled.