Tisha Thompson and the News 4 I-Team filed multiple D.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for DCFEMS documents starting in February 2012. Under D.C. law, these documents were supposed to be provided within 15 days unless the city asked for an extension of time.
After waiting more than a year, the I-Team and it’s lawyers began a legal fight with the government demanding access to these documents, which resulted in pointed questions during D.C. Council hearings and the hiring of a new D.C. FEMS FOIA officer.
We finally received many of the documents we requested this summer.
Take a look at some of the documents we used for this series: